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HWV 56 in the 1742 Dublin version

Oratorio by G. F. Händel

Musical direction: Alexander Schneider, Ensemble Polyharmonique

Soloists: Magdalene Harer, Joowon Chung, Anna Nesyba (soprano), Rupert Enticknap, Timothy Morgan (alto), Johannes Gaubitz, Christopher Renz (tenor), Matthias L. Lutze, Felix Rumpf, Cornelius Uhle (bass), Wrocław Baroque Orchestra

Presented by LOTTO Saxony-Anhalt.

Concert introduction: Prof. Dr Erik Dremel, Faculty of Theology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg // 3.00 pm // Handel House, Glass Hall // Admission free - free seating // Duration approx. 30 minutes (in German only)

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Four thousand singers performing Messiah were scarcely enough in London in 1883, when national feeling was at its peak. But at its premiere in Dublin in 1742, Handel wanted just a small chorus and an ensemble of strings – to create a marvellous sound he needed not so much as an oboe. But trumpets for the Hallelujah Chorus – that went without saying! We know of all this from Donald Burrows, who has made a close study of the performance history. In London, Italian opera had fallen from favour, and Handel returned to the music of Buxtehude and his teacher, Zachow, as a result. And so this performance, which rediscovers the exquisite pleasure of gentle lines and new-found fervour, promises to be full of charm.