Thomas Hengelbrock - photo: Florence Grandidie

Thomas Hengelbrock conducts Israel in Egypt

Programme

  • Georg Friedrich Handel Israel in Egypt

Handel holds no secrets whatsoever for Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & Ensemble. His beloved Israel in Egypt Händel wrote for London - and they had to get used to it...



Oratorio for King's Theatre

That one of the crown jewels of the English choral repertoire is the result of a disastrous premiere and a radical renovation seems almost impossible to believe. Yet that is essentially the genesis of Israel in Egypt: an oratorio that Georg Friedrich Handel wrote for London's King's Theatre. In an attempt to translate the Bible narrative into trendy music drama, Handel filled a three-part construction with impressive choral numbers and a handful of arias.



Complete make-over

The public did not like the unusual - and resolutely un-Italian - recipe and forced the composer back to the writing desk. Using fragments of his own existing music and material by colleagues such as Stradella and Kerll, Handel gave the score a complete makeover. Almost two decades later, Israel in Egypt - now a diptych with extra arias - was given a new chance. With some of the most swinging passages in the Baroque repertoire, this triumph of choral writing and rhetoric is now on many a Handel favourite list.

Date:
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Time:
2:15 pm
Intermission:
No
Location:
The Royal Concertgebouw

Amsterdam
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Large Hall

Performers

Balthasar Neumann Chor und Orchester
Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble
Thomas Hengelbrock - photo: Florence Grandidie
Thomas Hengelbrock
Conductor
Bobbie Blommesteijn
Soprano
Heike Heilmann
Soprano
Anna Terterjan
Soprano
Matthias Lucht
Alt
William Shelton
Alt
Terry Wey
Alt
Mirko Ludwig
Tenor
Jakob Pilgram
Tenor
Andrey Akhmetov
Bass
Joachim Höchbauer
Bass

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