Like most ambitious musicians of his time, G. F. Handel seized the opportunity as a young man and travelled to the Mecca of music at the time: Italy. It is certain that he probably arrived in Rome by the winter of 1706/1707 at the latest and caused a sensation there with his keyboard playing. In this environment, Handel intensively studied Italian cantata, but also Italian instrumental music - for Rome attracted not only the best singers, but also outstanding instrumental musicians and composers.
"I never met a man so carried away by his passions while playing the violin as the famous Arcangelo Corelli," reported the French scholar François Raguenet in 1702. The Italian violinist and composer A. Corelli met the young Handel for the first time in 1707 - he was already 55 years old at the time - and he felt partly overwhelmed by his youthful verve. For Handel, however, he represented an important musical influence.
The renowned baroque violinist Nadja Zwiener, concertmaster of The English Concert and the Gaechinger Cantorey, delights audiences at the Handel Festival with her passionate playing, including solo performances. She is joined by the young harpsichordist Elina Albach, who is causing a sensation nationwide with her ensemble Continuum, and Joseph Crouch, who is in great demand as solo cellist of leading English baroque orchestras such as The English Concert, Gabrieli Consort or the Academy of Ancient Music. The musicians' sensitive, emotional playing will be ideally complemented by the singing of soprano Isabel Schicketanz, who will be a guest at the Händel-Haus in October 2021.