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Alla caccia, HWV79

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The secular cantata Diana Cacciatrice, probably composed in 1707, was written at the request of Handel’s friend and patron the Marchese Francesco Maria Ruspoli and premiered privately at his country Palazzo outside Rome. The Marchese was an enthusiastic hunter, and though the cantata nominally celebrates Diana, goddess of hunting, in its martial rhythms, galloping semiquavers and horn-calls (rendered by a solo trumpet rather than a horn) it’s also an elegant homage to Ruspoli himself.

from notes by Alexandra Coghlan © 2018


Light Divine
Studio Master: SIGCD526Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD526 [6'25] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD526 track 5

Recording date
7 July 2017
Recording venue
Jar Church, Bærum, Norway
Recording producer
Sean Lewis
Recording engineer
Sean Lewis
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  1. Light Divine (SIGCD526)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 2018
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