Baroque Treasures – Highlights from Georg Friedrich Händels’s Messiah

ORF_0961454_S_01_XX_bigLarge ensemble performance – 2016 – ORFE – 02:03:00  
The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concert takes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel’s Messiah is returning to its original première season: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel’s Oratorio will ring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, the Bach Consort ensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersänger (an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, Gaia Petrone and Christian Immler. Handel’s Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history: the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel, the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy. The Passion and resurrection of the second part form the centrepiece. To this end the libretto is largely limited to metaphorical texts from the Old Testament. Only for the eschatological forecast in the third part of the Oratorio does the librettist, Charles Jennens, fall back on the New Testament.