Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759): Lascia ch’io pianga – Escolania de Montserrat

It’s easy to understand why Handel re-used this piece of music again and again – it’s quite simply beautiful. It began its life as a dance piece in Almira (1705) and was reworked by him two years later as the aria Lascia la spina in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno before recycling it again in 1711 for his enormously successful opera Rinaldo. It’s been popular ever since and is firmly ensconced in concert repertoire. It’s sung below in a more than creditable performance by ten years old Eduard Boadas accompanied by Pau Tolosa who is thirteen both of whom are choristers at the Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat and attend its famous music school the Escolania de Montserrat. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: Lascia ch’io pianga – Escolania de Montserrat – YouTube Published on 11 Jul 2014 EscolaniaMontserrat

Lyrics & Tranlsation: Lascia ch’io pianga

Lascia ch’io pianga
Mia cruda sorte,
E che sospiri
La libertà.
Let me weep
My cruel fate,
And that I
should have freedom.
Il duolo infranga
Queste ritorte,
De’ miei martiri
Sol per pietà.
The duel infringes
within these twisted places,
in my sufferings
I pray for mercy.

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