Savour this banquet of music by George Frideric Handel, one of the greatest musical dramatists of all time.
Few composers in the Western tradition explored the depths of human experience and emotion as thoroughly and dramatically as Handel. In all his theatrical music, Handel responded to the uncertainties and beauty of the world around him by creating music that explores the full spectrum of human experience, from the greatest joy to the most poignant tragedy.
You'll hear it all in the return of this popular concert, created by Ivars Taurins from some of his favourite moments in Handel’s oratorios. It's a program devoted to things of Heaven and a higher power in the first half, and things of this Earth, of Love, in the second. An original look at music written two hundred years ago, in a program that still resonates with contemporary relevance today.
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What's interesting about this concert:
It was a tradition in the 18th-century to create pasticcios: new operas and oratorios assembled by borrowing from pre-existing works. Ivars Taurins has followed this tradition and created his own pasticcio for this concert.
Amanda Forsythe and Thomas Hobbs are both renowned internationally for their interpretations of Handel, and return to Tafelmusik after their joint appearance in Alexander’s Feast in 2017.
This program will be recorded live, for release on the Tafelmusik Media label, as the first recording featuring both Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins, with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
Pre-concert Chat Join us one hour before each concert for a free pre-concert chat with soprano and longtime Tafelmusik guest artist and friend Ann Monoyios.
Chorus “Your harps and cymbals sound,” from Solomon
Tenor Air “Tune your harps,” from Esther
Soprano Air “Sweet bird,” from L’Allegro
Tenor Air/Chorus “Sound an alarm,” from Judas Maccabeus
Soprano Air “In Jehovah’s awful sight,” from Deborah
Chorus “Throughout the land Jehovah praise,” from Solomon
Chorus “Doleful tidings,” from Deborah
Tenor Air “Hateful man,” from Alexander Balus
Soprano Recit “Shall Cleopatra ever smile again,” from Alexander Balus
Soprano Air “O take me,” from Alexander Balus
Tenor Air “To God who made the radiant sun,” from Alexander Balus
Chorus “Sun, moon and stars,” from Alexander Balus
Tenor Air “Golden columns,” from Solomon
Soprano Air “Prophetic raptures,” from Joseph & His Brethren
Chorus “Hallelujah, Amen,” from JudasMaccabeus
Chorus “Now love that everlasting boy,” from Semele
Chorus “Jealousy, infernal pest” from Hercules
Tenor Recit “Now all this scene,” from Semele
Tenor Air “Where’er you walk,” from Semele
Soprano Air “Myself I shall adore,” from Semele
Chorus “Wanton god of amorous fires,” from Hercules
Tenor Arioso “Ah whither is she gone,” from Semele
Chorus “Draw the tear from hopeless love,” from Solomon
Duet “Who calls my parting soul,” from Esther
Chorus “Crown with festal pomp,” from Hercules
Duet “As steals the morn,” from L’Allegro
Chorus “The mighty power/Give glory,” from Athalia
Concert run time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 25-minute intermission.
Watch and listen to a few samples of what you will hear in this concert.