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The World's Greatest Music
Katherine introduces the three undisputed giants of the Baroque era - and the music that everyone should have in their collection.
Xerxes, or Serse, to give it the Italian title, may have been a flop at its conception, but its enduring Largo aria, 'Ombra mai fu' has touched many hearts since it was first performed in 1738. It's a beautiful plaintive melody and one of opera's more unusual love songs, performed by Xerxes as he admires the shade of a plane tree. It's known as Handel's Largo , despite being marked larghetto in the score.
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