Nowhere does Ann Hallenberg’s famous mezzo-soprano resonate more beautifully than in Handel’s melodies. Under the baton of Ricardo Minasi, the Concertgebouworkest is performing vocal and instrumental parts from works by Handel and Haydn, concluded with Haydn’s catchy Symphony No. 88.
After a varied number of vocal and instrumental parts from works by Handel and Haydn, followed by Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, it’s guaranteed you will leave the hall in good spirits. Handel’s music is very dear to mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg. 'I especially love his slow, less virtuosic airs. Of course he is known for his coloraturas, but compared to other composers he uses them in a more modest, and more meaningful, way.' With the Concertgebouworkest, Hallenberg performs Handel’s most lyrical melodies. In contrast, Sudò il guerriero from Haydn’s rarely performed oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia contains an explosion of coloraturas. As Hallenberg explains: 'It concerns the scene where Anna blames her husband for being a good-for-nothing.’
Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, one of his most popular symphonies, is an infectious work which easily keeps your attention with its melodic ideas and a couple of surprising twists. The finale is particularly cheerful.