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HANDEL + PERGOLESI – Arundel Festival 2018

Programme

ANTONIO CALDARA – Sinfonia No.3 in F Minor ‘La morte d’Abel’
GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI Stabat Mater
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL – Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.2 in Bb
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL – Arias from Giulio Cesare:
Va tacito e nascosto
Al lampo dell’armi
Se pietà
Da tempeste il legno infranto
Caro! Bella!

About This Concert

The Hanover Band will perform Caldara’s Sinfonia No.3 in F Minor ‘La morte d’Abel’, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, some of the most well known arias from Handel’s masterpiece Giulio Cesare, and his Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.2 in the atmospheric setting of St Nicholas’ Church, Arundel.

From Venice to Vienna, via Barcelona and Rome, Antonio Caldara was an established figure on the European music scene by the early 18th century. However, surprisingly, his works are not often heard today. This dramatic Sinfonia, written in 1732, is the opening music to ‘La morte d’Abel’, based on Pietro Metastasio’s libretto of the biblical tale.

The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century sequence used regularly for personal and communal devotions from the time of its creation. The text has been used by composers such as Palestrina, Lassus and Haydn, but perhaps the most well known setting is Pergolesi’s from 1736. It is an unashamedly theatrical work.

Handel moved to London in 1712 where he enjoyed a highly successful career as a composer of works in many genres including operas, oratorios, and concertos. His Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.2, published in 1734, features virtuosic solos from the woodwind and strings. Thought by musicologists to be an early example of music piracy, there is evidence that the work was created by London-based publisher John Walsh who put together a compilation of existing works by Handel without his knowledge!

During 1724-5 Handel wrote three operas, including Giulio Cesare, his setting of the classic tale of love, politics, and betrayal. In this concert the spotlight is on Cesare and Cleopatra as their relationship takes centre stage.

Artists

Katherine Watson soprano
William Towers countertenor

THE HANOVER BAND

Benjamin Bayl director/harpsichord

 

 

 

“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”

The Independent on Sunday

When
25 August 2018
7:30 pm

Where
St Nicholas Church, Arundel, West Sussex, UK
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Tickets
£17.00-£38.00* (*Booking fee applies)
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Doors open: 6:45pm

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As things go, not bad as an office space for the day...Thanks to #Handel and to the Players, Chorus and Soloists of the @TheHanoverBand for another lovely performance - and to the Duke of Kent for hosting a splendid dinner!

As things go, not bad as an office space for the day...Thanks to #Handel and to the Players,  Chorus and Soloists of the @TheHanoverBand for another lovely performance - and to the Duke of Kent for hosting a splendid dinner!

We've upped the security for the next concert. #Messiah in Royal surroundings.

We've upped the security for the next concert. #Messiah in Royal surroundings.

A joyous opening to our #Messiah tour last night at the Church of St Nicholas, Brighton with the players & chorus of @TheHanoverBand and soloists @ericaeloff, @timmorganCT, @BradSmithTenor & @MisterGravel Next stop, Windsor Castle!

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The Hanover Band

HANOVER (Not Hannover; Germany) In terms of British history the majority of the music we play is from the Hanoverian period. Hanover also refers to Hanover Square in London, where Haydn performed his symphonies & arias in the Salomon Concerts in the 1790’s.

BAND (ref: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
‘An instrumental ensemble, larger than a chamber ensemble. Thus the ’24 violins’ of Louis XIV were called ‘la grande bande’ to distinguish them from Lully’s ‘petits violons’, and Charles II’s similar ensemble was known as ‘the King’s Band’. By extension, ‘band’ came to mean an orchestra in colloquial British usage’.

THE HANOVER BAND a period name for a period orchestra.

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