Forces: soprano & continuo
Here, dreams are the only escape from the pain of love. ‘Oh come, oh merciful sleep…’ In torturously complex recitatives and two characterful arias, Scarlatti shows himself once again to the be the master of the genre. From two sources in the Naples Conservatorii – Cantate 23 (7) and 255 (24) and dated September 22nd, 1716, this is a real gem.
Editor: James Sanderson