“Close your eyes and it's close to time travel.” The Independent on Sunday
Handel in Italy, London
St. John's Smith Square
28 March 2017, 7.30pm
This spring we’re delighted to return to St. John’s Smith Square for a revival of our programme ‘Handel in Italy’.
Though we often claim Handel for England, as a young man he 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.
Corelli Concerto Grosso in D Op. 6 No. 4
Handel Donna che in ciel, HWV 233
Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV 232
Gillian Webster, soprano
Tickets £45, £35, £25, £15