“Susanna deals with the kind of family event that often occurred in the ancient world, not to mention our times. ... Strong effects are sparse here, the tender ones that touch our hearts directly all the more numerous. And above all, the absolute inexhaustible master of expression of the most secret stirrings of the soul is at home here.” (Arnold Schering, Hallisches Händelfest 1922, Festschrift, p. 46).
The conductor and artistic director of the MDR Radio Choir since 2020 Philipp Ahmann, the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra and renowned soloists of historically informed performance practice will be staging the oratorio Susanna in the abridged version of 1922 by Arnold Schering. The unpublished autograph of this unknown version is kept in the Handel House Foundation collection. What makes this performance in Halle Cathedral, where the oratorio was also performed in 1922, so special and unique is that Schering’s version is to be heard again for the first time since 1922 – albeit in a contemporary interpretation of how a historically informed performance of Handel’s music should sound. “It should be added that this new arrangement is based on the publication by Fr. Chrysander with G. G. Gervinus’ translation of the libretto, but that this has been poetically revised in certain crucial places.” (Arnold Schering, Hallisches Händelfest 1922, Festschrift, p. 49).
Introductory talk in German laanguage: Prof. Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
3pm // Handel House, Glass Hall
Admission free – unnumbered seating // Duration approx. 30 minutes