Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

1, 3 May 2020

Handel and Rameau

Water Music

Royal music

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May 2020 Friday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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May 2020 Sunday 14:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Georg Friedrich Händel Concerto grosso op. 6 No. 5
Georg Friedrich Händel Water Music Suite No. 3
Jean-Philippe Rameau Suite from 'Dardanus'
Georg Friedrich Händel Il delirio amoroso

Imagine yourself at the court of Louis XIV or George I as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs works by Handel and Rameau, both eighteenth-century Baroque masters who made their careers as court composers. The conductor Emmanuelle Haïm is making her first appearance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Rameau and Handel

Rameau and Handel were contemporaries whose music was very popular in their day; both composed a great deal for monarchs, nobles and high-ranking clergymen. At the age of twenty-two, the cosmopolitan German composer Handel wrote the moving solo cantata Il delirio amoroso, in which he sets the poetry of a cardinal whom he met in Rome. He was later appointed court composer to George I, the music-loving Elector of Hanover who later acceded to the British throne. Handel wrote the Water Music, three suites of dance music, and an instant hit, for a royal boat trip on the River Thames. At the French court of Louis XIV, Rameau wrote many operas, including the successful tragedy Dardanus, in which he incorporated much dance music owing to the Sun King’s passion for dance.

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