Featuring Trevor Bowes (bass/artistic concept) with:
Magda Loth-Hill & David Lopez (Baroque violins)
Oakki Lau (Baroque viola)
Rosie Moon (double bass)
& Pablo Strong (videographer/engineer)
From G.F. Handel's dramatic cantata ‘Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’ of 1708, this aria is not only an extraordinary piece of writing for the bass voice, but a hauntingly beautiful expression of the conflict and hollowness of depression.
This video is rooted in history: it’s played on Baroque instruments and recorded in Handel's own church in London. But it explores the same emotions we face in the never-ending headlines, pressures and stress of the modern world.
Ensemble Tempus Fugit is proud to collaborate with Trevor Bowes in exploring modern mental health using the music of the past.
Fra l’ombre e gl’orrori
già spenta la face,
non sa mai goder.
Così fra timori quest’ alma delusa
non trova mai pace ne spera piacer.
Amidst shadows & horrors
the dazed moth,
with the flame already extinguished,
doesn’t know how it will ever find happiness.
Likewise, amidst its fears, my deluded soul
will never find peace, nor hope of pleasure.