Marc and Pierre Hantaï meet for a new fraternal adventure around the tutelary figure of J.S. Bach. These pieces for flute and harpsichord, whose writing is certainly one of the most accomplished of the baroque repertoire, allow at the same time the most touching expressive possibilities.
Later in life Hasse’s operas would be spoken of in the same breath as the poet Metastasio, whose librettos he frequently set, as though the two were one: a high-minded, classicizing Marc Antonio e Cleopatra . It brought Hasse a degree of renown in wealthy Neapolitan circles, and a commission from the San Bartolomeo opera house for Il Sesostrate . That in turn blossomed into a lucrative match-up, with seven opera seria composed and produced in six years, as well as a number of comic intermezzo operas and a full-length opera buffa for other venues. Hasse was suddenly on the fast track to fame and contracts.