Introductory talk: Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg // 6.30pm // Handel House, Glass Hall // Admission free – unnumbered seating (duration: 30 min. approx.) (in German)
Handel’s inventive, forward-looking musical adaptation of the poetic images of human life and nature can rightly be seen as a hymn to his adopted home country of England. Paul McCreesh is the founder and artistic director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, which he formed in 1982, and with which he has performed concerts all over the world and produced a multitude of excellent recordings. Their CD of Handel’s L’Allegro, featuring some of the internationally acclaimed vocal soloists who will also be appearing in Halle, received outstanding reviews. For example, The Gramophone wrote: “Handel lovers can hardly fail to enjoy the mingled finesse and hedonistic delight of this new recording.” And The Times wrote: “Paul McCreesh’s superb Gabrieli Consort and Players present this … with flair, a pristine sense of style and infectious energy.” No wonder that this recording was nominated for a Grammy award in 2016.