Australian Haydn Ensemble: Handel & Delirious Love

Albert Hall Canberra
7pm, Thurs 26 September 2019

Acclaimed Australian soprano Sara Macliver and Australian-born International conductor and harpsichord director Benjamin Bayl join the Australian Haydn Ensemble for a program of Handel and Scarlatti.

Richard speaks with AHE’s Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh, about the concert

Handel’s cantata Il Delirio Amoroso was written during Handel’s time in Italy and was first performed in 1707. It features a virtuosic soprano line that is beautifully balanced by solo writing for oboe, recorder and cello. Handel later reused parts of the work in Acis and Galatea and Jephtha.

Il Delirio is contrasted by Silete Venti, one of Handel’s most transcendent motets which traverses the boundaries of divine and mortal love.

The program also features Handel’s beautiful and tragic love aria from Alcina ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ along with two powerful concerto grossi – the first by Avison, after Domenico Scarlatti, and another by Alessandro Scarlatti.

The program will be directed by special guest artist Benjamin Bayl (Associate Director of The Hanover Band) who makes his debut performance with the Ensemble.

Born and raised in Sydney, Benjamin is co-founder of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. He was the first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, and subsequently studied conducting at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Sara Macliver replaces the originally scheduled Stefanie True. Macliver has performed and recorded with many international and Australian leading period instrument and modern orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Western Australian Symphony, Pinchgut Opera.

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