Georg Friedrich Haendel

Live Handel on ARTE Concert

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)

Solomon, HWV 67 (1749)
« Sinfonia », arrivée de la Reine de Saba

Agrippina, HWV 6 (1709)
Aria « Come nube che fugge dal vento » (Ève-Maud Hubeaux)

Tamerlano, HWV 18 (1724)
Ouverture
Aria « Cerco in vano » (Ève-Maud Hubeaux)

Alcina, HWV 34 (1735)
Accompagnato « Ah ! Ruggiero crudel » & Aria « Ombre pallide » ( Sandrine Piau)
Entrées des songes (agréables, funestes, agréables effrayés) et combat des songes funestes et agréables

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (1724)
Ouverture
Aria « Piangerò la sorte mia » (Sandrine Piau)

Il Pastor fido, HWV 8 (1734)
Chaconne

Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (1724)
Aria « Da tempeste il legno infranto » (Sandrine Piau)
Aria « Priva son d’ogni conforto » (Ève-Maud Hubeaux)
Duetto « Più amabile beltà » (Sandrine Piau et Ève-Maud Hubeaux)

Sandrine Piau soprano
Ève-Maud Hubeaux mezzo-soprano

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset 
direction

A spectacular anthology of the most beautiful dramatic works by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), this concert invites you to plunge into the unique and bewitching universe of the Italian operas serias of the “caro sassone”. The program includes a refined selection of excerpts, ranging from Agrippina – a youthful work applauded at its premiere in Venice in 1709 – to the London masterpieces of Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano (1724), and to works of full maturity such as Alcina (1735), whose Act II ends with a “rare moment of dramatic intensity” according to Christophe Rousset (“Ombre pallide”).

Undisputed master of the genre, which he manages to impose in England, his adopted land, Handel surrounds himself with leading singers (Margherita Durastanti; Francesca Cuzzoni; the castrato Senesino, etc.) for whom he composes tailor-made roles, sublimating their talents.

In their honor, Christophe Rousset in turn brings together an exceptional cast: the dazzling Sandrine Piau, a lifelong accomplice of the Talens Lyriques and the remarkable Ève-Maud Hubeaux, who was recently admired under the Maestro’s direction in Agrippina and Giulio Cesare. Some instrumental gems from these great works will finally complete the program, divinely served by the instrumentalists of the Talens Lyriques.

A Les Talens Lyriques coproduction, with the generous support of Les Talens Lyriques’ Circle of Patrons.

© Sandrine Expilly, Éric Larrayadieu