At the moment I’m singing through Handel, 45 Arias from Operas and Oratorios which is a three-volume collection of sheet music edited by American pianist, composer, music editor and singing teacher Sergius Kagen and published by the International Music Company (New York).
Care Selve appears in Volume II and is an aria from Handel’s Atalanta. Handel wrote Atalanta to celebrate the marriage in 1736 of Frederick the Prince of Wales (son of George II), to Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.
The rendition in the You Tube video is by American soprano Arleen Auger, whose voice I became acquainted with through her recording of Les Chants d’Auvergne, by Joseph Canteloupe. This was in 1994 on a Malaysian Airlines overnight flight. Unable to sleep, I listened to this suite of songs over an over, all night. Little did I know that in 2014, some 20 years later, I’d be singing one of these haunting songs myself, solo (La Pastourelle). Auger died, tragically, aged 53, of a glial brain tumour. My husband is almost 8 years in remission of a glial brain tumour. Life can be very strange, don’t you think?
Anyway, I’ve been singing Care Selve. This is my inch of creativity for 28 August. I hope you enjoy it.