Baroque Music Video.
"Qual leon che fere irato" from Handel's opera Arianna in Creta performed by Ann Hallenberg and Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis.
From a recording that accompanies Donna Leon's book
Handel's Bestiary: In Search of Animals in Handel's Operas (Michael Sowa, illustrator).
CD features performances of Handel arias by Karina Gauvin, Ann Hallenberg, Paul Agnew, and Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco to depict the various animals addressed in each chapter: lion, snake, nightingale, bee, silver dove, tiger, frog, elephant, moth, stag, phoenix, and turtledove.
"A wonderful book. A compendium colorfully illustrated by Michael Sowa, to be enjoyed not only by musical connoisseurs." —Der Spiegel (Germany)
"The book, wittily illustrated by Michael Sowa, is accompanied by a CD of arias recorded by Il Complesso Barocco. A real tour de force!" —News (Austria)
"A great reading and listening pleasure." —Ruhr Nachrichten (Germany)
Qual leon che fere irato,
se sua prole altri involò
tale anch'io di sdegno armato
nella pugna ferirò.
Ma se avvien che l'idol mio
renda pago il mil desio,
pace e calme sol avrò.
Like an enranged lion
Whose young have been stolen,
So will I, armed wih anger,
Strike in battle.
But should my love
Give me my desires,
Then I will have only peace and tranquility.
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