Nowhere does mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg’s voice sound more beautiful than in arias by Handel. Led by Riccardo Minasi, the Concertgebouworkest is performing arias and instrumental movements by Handel and Haydn before concluding with Haydn’s infectious Symphony No. 88.
After a varied series of arias and instrumental movements by Handel and Haydn, followed by Haydn’s infectious Symphony No. 88, you’re guaranteed to leave the concert hall in a great mood. Handel’s music is dear to mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg’s heart. She says, ‘I like his slow, less virtuoso arias the best. Of course, he’s known for his coloratura writing, but compared to other composers, he uses it more modestly, more meaningfully.’ Hallenberg is singing Handel’s most beautiful arias with the Concertgebouworkest, with an emphasis on the lyrical side. But the aria ‘Sudò il guerriero’ from Haydn’s little-known oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia contains an explosion of coloratura. ‘It’s the scene in which Anna accuses her husband of being good for nothing,’ Hallenberg explains.
After the interval, the orchestra will be performing Haydn’s Symphony No. 88, one of his best known. It is an infectious work which effortlessly captures the listener’s attention with its melodic ideas and a number of surprising twists and turns. The finale is particularly upbeat.