Rediscover the cantatas of Georg Friedrich Handel through the prism of his trip to Italy. With a program that varies in its forms and emotions, imagine and explore Rome at the beginning of the 18th century.
These are, for the most part, written for a soprano and continuo voice, in other words a high voice - the most popular at that time - and some accompanying bass instruments.
Poetry set to music was always about love and the feelings it aroused. Thus, these works are for the most part passionate or melancholic… true miniature operas!
These cantatas are some of the gems of this composers signature, that put a mark in history. And this Italian period in Handel's life undoubtedly colored his later works.
These emotional tunes reach us today with a perspective of history and heritage, but also in a personal and colorful interpretation, made by Sébastien d'Hérin and his ensemble.
“Handel's Roman cantatas bear witness to their time. We, musicians, must be both as close as possible to the creation of the composer and its context, but also to interpret his work to make it current and alive. It is a fragile and exciting balance." Sébastien d'Hérin - director