Farinelli lascia ch io pianga
Lascia ch'io pianga - Rinaldo (1711) de Georg Friedrich Handel. Farinelli.streaming the film
It centers on the life and career of the 18th-century Italian opera singer Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli , considered the greatest castrato singer of all time; as well as his relationship with his brother, composer Riccardo Broschi. The prologue begins with Carlo Broschi, the famous castrato Farinelli, reminiscing about his childhood as a singer in the church choir. A newly castrated boy runs in and warns Carlo that his voice will result in death, then kills himself. Carlo is traumatized and refuses to sing a composition by his older brother Riccardo for his voice teacher, Nicola Porpora. He cries and runs to his father, who comforts him, but extracts a promise that he will never refuse his voice to his brother again.
Its melody is first found in act 3 of Handel's opera Almira as a sarabande ;  the score for this can be seen on page 81 of Vol. Four years after that, in , Handel used the music again, this time for his London opera Rinaldo and its act 2 aria "Lascia ch'io pianga", or "Let me weep", sung by the character Almirena. Rinaldo was a triumph, and it is with this work that the aria is chiefly associated. The aria is written in the key of F major with a time signature of 3 2 and a tempo marking of Largo. In the first edition published by John Walsh , the orchestration is unspecified,  giving only a solo melody line above an un figured bass line. There is the mention 'violins' at bar 23 where the singer breaks bar 31 in most modern editions which include an 8-bar introduction. Chrysander claimed  to have worked from Handel's 'performance score' and stated that the autograph manuscript had been lost although RISM state that the British Library hold a fragment of the autograph missing 53 bars ;  Chrysander's edition shows two violins and a viola with a cello.
Despite less-than-stellar judgments from the English music critics, the audiences loved it. The story takes place in Jerusalem at the end of the 11th century, at the time of the first Crusades.
Farinelli, Lascia Ch'io Pianga - from Rinaldo
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