meeting mr handel
Maurice Steger & La Cetra
London in the 1730s. The music scene around George Frideric Handel is flourishing. The Saxon composer, theatre director and top salesman invites the most talented musicians and singers to his home in London to create opera productions of the highest order. The orchestra at the time produced lustrous and sonorous sounds; the numerous Italian visitors were greeted with enthusiasm. Musicians such as Franceso Geminiani, Giuseppe Sammartini, Pietro Castrucci, Francesco Barsanti or the English virtuoso harpsichordist William Babell, his concert master Matthew Dubourg, or the French flautist Michel Blavet, provided a breath of fresh air and were also able to showcase their skills as composers in the long interval breaks at opera and oratorio performances, which created a unique concert experience for London audiences. There were no concert halls as such; people went to the pub or the theatre. They celebrated in the concert intervals by playing their favourite pieces, works by Handel himself or vivid instrumental compositions by Handel’s troupe, i.e. his international visitors. George enjoyed nothing better than to unwind while indulging in a festive meal. He loved his food and cultivating his robust figure while Grand Concertos were being performed on the theatre stage.
|Maurice Steger||recorder & direction|
|Daniele Caminiti||theorbo & archlute|
Meeting Mr Handel, a project from Maurice Steger and the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, with works by G. F. Händel, F. Geminiani, G. Finger, W. Babell
SO, 02.6.19 | 15.00| Altrheinhalle
Concert duration: approx. 100 minutes, includes an interval.