16, 18 October 2020

Haydn’s Symphony No. 88

Riccardo Minasi, conductor

Handel & Haydn with Hallenberg

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October 2020 Friday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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October 2020 Sunday 14:15
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Georg Friedrich Händel Sinfonia (Overture) HWV 338: Allegro
Georg Friedrich Händel Serse HWV 40: "Se bramate d'amar"
Georg Friedrich Händel Tolomeo HWV 25: "Inumano fratel" en "Stille amare"
Georg Friedrich Händel Agrippina HWV 6: Ouverture
Georg Friedrich Händel Ariodante HWV 33: "Scherza infida"
Georg Friedrich Händel Giulio Cesare HWV 17: "Va' tacito e nascoto"
Joseph Haydn Il mondo della luna: Ouverture
Joseph Haydn Il ritorno di Tobia: "Sudo il guerriero"
Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 88

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.

Unbeatable humour

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.

An upbeat finale

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.

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