Handel, Messiah

Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey

After La Resurrezione, the famous Messiah, is Handel’s second oratorio in this year’s festival.

Sprinkled with Vivaldi-like coloratura, bubbling polyphonic choirs and masterful French-inspired interludes, this London-composed piece illustrates the splendour of the instrumental and choral composition of a period that was later to become known as flamboyant baroque. Laurence Equilbey leads an energetic version, building on the biting sonority of the period
instruments played by her Insula orchestra. “The obvious authority and musical imagination” (Le Monde) of one of France’s greatest conductors promises to make this a version that transcends Handel’s masterpiece while remaining utterly faithful to the work.

Insula orchestra
Laurence Equilbey, conductor

Sandrine Piau, soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński, contre-tenor
Stuart Jackson, tenor
Alex Rosen, basse

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
Messiah, HWV 56

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