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Largo (Xerxes) - Handel* - The Essential Handel
This piece comes from an Xerxes - opera seria in three acts. The opening aria, "Ombra mai fu", sung by Xerxes to a tree, is set to one of Handel's best-known melodies, and is often played in an orchestral arrangement, known as Handel's "Largo". It is often performed at .
Handel - Largo from Xerxes sheet music for Oboe


Label: Decca - 444 543-2 • Format: 2x, CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Baroque

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Xerxes. Xerxes is, in fact, an opera seria in three acts by Handel. Moreover, Handel conducted the premiere performance in London in Handel casts the opera in Persia in BC. The part of Xerxes was indeed originally sung by a soprano castrato. Nowadays, the part is generally sung by a mezzo-soprano or conversely a counter-tenor.
Handel's Largo