A MUSICAL SNAPSHOT OF HANDEL'S LONDON
Baroque Encounter enjoy devising and presenting new programmes of baroque chamber music. The programme below is was devised for counter tenor, recorder(s) and keyboard. Though the recitals are normally created for the harpsichord many are able to be adapted for piano. We are always happy to work to new ideas and requirements... just contact us!
London in the time of Handel was a cosmopolitan centre for all the arts. Handel rode the wave of popularity of Italian opera bringing many of the biggest stars of the day, including the superstar castrati, to star in his operas. Many years later, when popular taste for Italian opera waned, he moved his attentions to oratorios in English. His broad and prolific musical output encompasses sacred, secular, theatrical, choral and chamber music.
This recital includes works by representatives of Handel's influences, contemporaries and rivals including Corelli, Pepusch, Lonati and Porpora, as well as music by Handel himself.
Baroque Encounter also offer an interactive family-friendly workshop on this theme. It works well as an afternoon activity before an evening recital.