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Birthday with Haendel

20 October 2017 / 20:45 - 22:30


Birthday with Haendel, for the 30 years of activity of the Choir “Coro Antiche Armonie”, con the partonage of the Municipality of Bergamo and Edolo.

Ensemble Salomone Rossi and Coro Antiche Armonie together again for this new event.

G.F. Haendel: Dixit Dominus, suite from Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, Duet from “Ode for the Queen Anne’s birthday”, Duet from the Oratorium “Saul” and concert for organ

Medea De Anna, Veronika Kralova Sopranos
Oh Hyun Jung, Giovanni Duci Altos
Marco Piani Tenor Marco Scafati Bass
Coro Antiche Armonie
Ensemble Salomone Rossi – Lydia Cevidalli, violin and koncertmeister
Giovanni Duci, conductor
Bergamo, Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo
Friday, 20th Octtober 2017 – 8,45 pm
Edolo (BS), Parrocchia di S. Maria Nascente
Saturday, 21st October 2017 – 8,45 pm

Birthday with Haendel is the title of the soirée: the program is entirely devoted to the German composer, symbol of the artist traveling around Europe, curious about novelty and at the same time creator of these same novelties. Haendel stayed in Italy several years: in Rome, in 1707, he composed the Dixit Dominus, commissioned by Cardinal Ottoboni.
Later on he spent in England his most prolific years of maturity: Ode for Queen Anne’s Birthday is a composition of the early years, after the definitive transfer. Very famous are the Oratorium with English text, of which he was the initiator – a duet from “Saul” will be performed in the concert. (In 2016, the Ensemble Salomone Rossi and Coro Antiche Armonie performed a choice of arias, duets and choirs from the Oratorium “Ester”, in Bergamo, Italy, for Effettobibbia).
The instrumental suites “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and “Water Music” are well-known: they witness a tribute to a royal glamour and had a great success, already at the time of the composer. In the evening program, a choice of dances from the two collections introduce the duo “Kind health descends on down wings” from the Ode for Queen Anne’s Birthday and the duet “Oh fairest of ten thousand fair”, from the Oratorium Saul. The performance of Dixit Dominus will be preceded by two movements of a Concert for organ and orchestra.
Haendel was very active in the production of opera with lyrics in Italian, according to the demands and needs of the audience and the singers, almost all Italians, venerated by even the most severe and demanding England. (Lydia Cevidalli)

Video of “Ester, storia di una Regina”: https://youtu.be/TKvAPnkhnko
Listen to Venice Classic Radio, “Storia di una Regina”: https://soundcloud.com/lydia-cevidalli/sets/ensemble-salomone-rossi.


Program and performers

Georg Friedrich Händel
(Halle, 23-2-1685 / Londra, 14-4-1759)

Bourrée, Menuet, Bourrée, Hornpipe
Suite strumentale da
Water Music HWV 348 e Royal Fireworks HWV 351

Kind health descends on down wings
duetto da Birthday-Ode for Queen Anne HWV 74
Veronika Kralova soprano – Giovanni Duci alto

Menuet, Rigaudon I e II
Suite strumentale da
Water Music HWV 350

Oh fairest of ten thousand fair
duetto dall’Oratorio Saul HWV 53
Medea De Anna soprano – Oh Hyun Jung alto

A tempo ordinario e staccato – Allegro
dal Concerto per organo e orchestra in si bemolle magg. HWV 290
Laura Crosera organo

Dixit Dominus HWV 232
per soli, coro, archi e basso continuo
1. Dixit Dominus – coro
2. Virgam virtutis tuae – aria contralto
3. Tecum principium – aria soprano
4. Juravit Dominus – coro
5. Tu es sacerdos in aeternum – coro
6. Dominus a dextris tuis – soli e coro
7. Judicabit in nationibus – coro
8. De torrente in via bibet – soprani soli e coro
9. Gloria Patri et Filio – coro

Jacopo Bottani voce recitante
Medea De Anna soprano 1
Veronika Kralova soprano 2
Oh Hyun Jung alto
Marco Piani tenore – Marco Scafati basso

Coro Antiche Armonie
Ensemble Salomone Rossi

violino concertatore Lydia Cevidalli
oboi Pietro Corna, Irene Metere
violini I Regina Yugovich, Jeremie Chigioni
violini II Diego Castelli, Linda Przybiernow, Anna Cracco
viola I Massimo Percivaldi – viola II Gemma Longoni
violoncello Issei Watanabe – contrabbasso Carlo Sgarro
tiorba Diego Cantalupi
clavicembalo Tomas Gavazzi
organo Laura Crosera
direzione Giovanni Duci