Past Events

Handel in Italy, La Chaise Dieu Festival de Musique

Abbatiale Saint Robert, La Chaise Dieu

31 August 2019, 9.00pm

Corelli Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4
Handel Donna che in ciel, HWV 233
Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Ann Hallenberg, mezzo soprano

Though often claimed for England, as a young man Handel lived and worked for four years in Italy, and this formative time produced some of his most virtuosic and enduring works. Handel in Italy presents a snapshot of this chapter in the composer’s life, juxtaposing his well-known setting of Dixit Dominus with a gloriously virtuosic solo cantata Donna che in ciel, a plea to the Virgin Mary to save Rome from natural disaster. And the stage is set with Archangelo Corelli’s masterful Concerto Gross in D – a work il caro Sassone would have known well from his own time in Rome.