The Hanover Band will be performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and some of Handel’s lesser known Operatic Arias in the superb setting of St Nicholas’ Church, Arundel.
The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century sequence used regularly for personal and communal devotions from the time of its creation. The text had been used by composers such as Palestrina, Lassus and Haydn, but the outstanding setting of the verses was considered at that time to be the one that Pergolesi made in 1736. It is an unashamedly theatrical work.
Handel composed 42 operas between 1705 and 1741, including Giulio Cesare from 1724. He began composing operas in Germany before moving to England, where he found great success in this genre. His first opera in England, Rinaldo (1711), was met with enthusiasm, and several more Italian operas soon followed. Although almost all his English language works are technically oratorios rather than operas, several of them, such as Semele (1743), have become an important part of the opera repertoire.
Katherine Watson soprano
William Towers countertenor
THE HANOVER BAND
“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”
25 August 2018
St Nicholas Church, Arundel, West Sussex, UK View map
£17.00-£38.00* (*Booking fee applies) Book now
0333 666 33 66
Doors open: 6:45pm
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“All the colours…registered vividly on the period instruments, and Bayl steered this familiar music with fresh imagination.”
“The Hanover Band’s gutsy playing stripped decades of varnish from the score with sound that was full-blooded…”
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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.