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Alessandrini delivers a passionate Pergolesi

The second concert of the Handel and Haydn Society’s 2011–2012 season is titled “Pergolesi ‘Stabat Mater,’ ’’ but that’s just the headliner on a bill with a solid undercard: Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso Opus 3 No. 3, J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D (BWV 1054), and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Salve Regina’’ in C minor for one voice.

The guest conductor and harpsichord soloist for this mostly Italian program is a distinguished Italian, Rinaldo Alessandrini, whose Boston appearances are rare. He is known for his dramatic flair (try his recording of Monteverdi’s “Vespro della Beata Vergine’’). Yesterday night at Jordan Hall he delivered playful Geminiani, sly, sophisticated Bach, and passionate Pergolesi.

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