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Handel - Lascia Ch'io Pianga

by Tess Primack, Paul Mark

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A live-in-the-studio duet by Paul Mark and Tess Primack of G.F. Handel's classic aria, "Lascia Ch'io Pianga".

This aria is from G.F. Handel's "Rinaldo" (1711), the first Italian opera written for the English stage. The song's melody was used in previous works by Handel. To set the stage, a maiden, Almirena, is abducted during the time of the Crusades by an evil sorceress. Imprisoned in her captor's palace garden, Almirena mourns her separation from her lover, Rinaldo.


Lascia ch'io pianga (Let me weep)
La dura sorte (Over my cruel fate)
E che sospiri la libertà (And let me sigh for freedom)
E che sospiri
E che sospiri
la libertà

Il duol infranga (The dual infringes)
Queste ritorte (Within these chains)
De miei martiri (In my sufferings)
Sol per pietà (I pray for mercy)
De miei martiri
Sol per pietà


released December 7, 2021
Tess Primack, vocals
Paul Mark, piano


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Triple-threat songwriter-musician-producer Paul Mark has been mystifying critics and barflies for decades. With a striking lyrical edge and an encyclopedic facility with American roots music, NYC-based Paul Mark has built a top-drawer original song catalog that tugs on the ears of the literary as well as the liquidated. Mark is principal owner of Radiation Records. ... more

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