Friday 19 April 2019 3.00pm
Barbican Hall, London, UK
Free pre-concert talk at 2.00pm
Phone 020 7638 8891
About this concert
On the 300th anniversary of its premiere, the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion-setting of rare humanity and beauty.
Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, the Brockes-Passion is a sacred opera by another name, so intricate and richly painted are its emotions and events. Following the Passion story from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text was set by numerous composers including Telemann and Fasch, but it is Handel’s treatment which has stood the test of time, inviting its listeners into the heart of the Easter story.
A vivid mixture of chorales, choruses and emotive recitatives is enough to place the work alongside Handel’s finest, but it’s the astonishingly varied sequence of arias – over 40 of them – that sets the Brockes-Passion apart. Egarr has assembled a terrific cast led by effervescent soprano, Louise Alder, to give what promises to be an emotionally-charged performance on Good Friday.
Priority booking is available for AAM Society members. For more information about supporting the Academy of Ancient Music, please contact Leonore Hibou firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01223 341092.