Academy of Ancient Music: Handel's Brockes-Passion
On the 300th anniversary of its premiere, AAM and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion-setting of rare humanity and beauty.
|Dates||19 Apr 2019 - This event is in the past.|
|Venue||Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS|
Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, the Brockes-Passion is a sacred opera by another name, so intricate and richly painted areits emotions and events.
Following the Passion story from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text was set by numerous composers including Telemann and Fasch, but it is Handel’s treatment which has stood the test of time, inviting its listeners into the heart of the Easter story.
A vivid mixture of chorales, choruses and emotive recitatives is enough to place the work alongside Handel’s finest, but it’s the astonishingly varied sequence of arias – over 40 of them – that sets the Brockes-Passion apart. Egarr has assembled a terrific cast to give what promises to be an emotionally charged performance on Good Friday.
Sung in German with English surtitles.
Pre-concert talk 2pm
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The Academy of Ancient Music exists to explore, reveal and preserve our glorious treasure house of early music. We do this by providing concerts in Cambridge, London and on tour to other UK and international destinations; recordings (we have made over 300 recordings for leading labels and are now the most listened-to period ensemble online); and our education and outreach scheme AAMplify.