The Hanover Band, one of the UK’s most distinguished period instrument orchestras, with its fine chorus and soloists, reflect at Passiontide with Rossini’s Stabat Mater which ”transported the audience” at its first performance in Paris in 1841. It is an unashamedly theatrical work and is rarely performed with original forces.
Gemma Summerfield soprano
Caitlin Hulcup mezzo soprano
Luciano Bothelho tenor
David Shipley bass
THE HANOVER BAND & CHORUS
Benjamin Bayl conductor
“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”
14 April 2017
St Nicholas Church, Arundel, West Sussex, UK View map
Tonight and tomorrow night: Handel’s beautiful “Alceste” in Budapest with Óbudai Danubia Zenekar, Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir and super soloists (none of whom are on Twitter, imagine that!) Alceste is an unjustly neglected masterpiece from Mr Handel.
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.