Both Handel’s cantatas Ah! che troppo ineguali, HWV230 and Il Duello Amoroso HWV82 were written in the period 1707/1708. Il Duello Amoroso was probably performed at a conversazione in the Palazzo Bonelli, Rome in October 1708. Amarilli’s part was sung by soprano Margherita Durastanti, whose association with Handel would last for a very long time (her final roles for him were in England in 1733/34) and Daliso was sung by alto castrato Pasqualino. About Ah! che troppo ineguali we know slightly less, just that it is a sacred cantata (so performed in Church rather than in the salon) from the 1707/08 period.
The Academy of Ancient Music will be pairing these cantatas we two other Italian works, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 1 in D major (published in 1714, a few years after Handel left Italy) and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, written in 1736.
Following the London performance the programme then tours to West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (16/2), The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (20/2), the Assembly Rooms, Bath (23/2), and Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (1/3). Full details from the Academy of Ancient Music website.