Amidst the flourishing commission from New York’s Carnegie Hall to present annual installations of Handel operas-in-concert, The English Concert’s Artistic Director Harry Bicket discusses the renewed interest into Handel’s music. Having been best known for his choral works for a long period of time, and indeed for his large celebratory works such as Music for the Royal Fireworks, the Watermusic and the likes of Zadok the Priest, Handel is once more being recognized as the creator of great operas.
“Like a globe-travelling relative who returns bearing marvellous gifts, The English Concert continues to appear at Carnegie Hall bearing one gorgeous Handel opera after another. The English Concert will return in April of next year , with [Ariodante]. After Sunday, it seems cruelly unfair to have to wait that long. ” – New York Classical Review
For the majority of music in the baroque period, whether purely instrumental, chamber, or for the church or opera house, a keyboard instrument played a pivotal role in the continuo group. Yet for