Thursday, 09. June 2022 19:30 The Concert Hall Ulrichskirche

Symphonic Concert of 26 May 1922

Part of the “Handel’s World” concert series

Works by G. F. Handel

Music director: Attilio Cremonesi
Soloists: Anna Bonitatibus (alto), Renato Dolcini (bass)
Organised jointly by: Handel Festival Orchestra Halle of Bühnen Halle and the Handel Festival

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In its concert series Handel’s World, the Handel Festival Orchestra devotes itself to important works of the Baroque period by various composers. Attilio Cremonesi, who took up the post of artistic director of the Halle Handel Festival Orchestra at the start of the 2021-2022 season, is one of the most authoritative specialists of historically informed performance practice. An internationally sought-after interpreter of the works of Mozart, Handel, Monteverdi, Rameau, Vivaldi, Purcell and others, he has performed at such venues as the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the Vienna Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Pergolesi Festival in Jesi and the Prague Spring international music festival. For his first concert in Halle with “his” Halle Handel Festival Orchestra, he will draw on a programme that was performed at the Halle Handel Festival on 26 May 1922 in Thalia Concert Hall: today, as then, we will be hearing works by George Frideric Handel with excerpts from Alcina, Tamerlano, Partenope and the second part of the Water Musick. The famous critic of Zeitschrift für Musik, Alfred Heuss, was enthusiastic about the 1922 performance: “Much is gained by working with accents, which of course also applies to the orchestra. In this respect, we really had an exemplary performance: the symphonic concert conducted by Dr. Göhler, which provided such unadulterated pleasure in Handel’s music that this concert came upon us like a Handelian thunderstorm and aroused such enthusiasm as marked it as the highpoint of the entire festival.” (Zeitschrift für Musik, 89th volume, 2nd June issue 1922, page 269). Let us see if the repeat performance of this concert after 100 years will arouse similar enthusiasm.