The success of Georg Frideric Händel’s career was due in significant part to his operas, most of which enjoyed great popularity and lengthy performance runs in early 18th-century London. And just as arrangements of tunes from Les Misérables or The Lion King are published for today’s audiences to enjoy at home, the instrumental music and arias from Händel’s operas were similarly arranged for smaller forces and published for the private use of music lovers in his time.
Händel: Airs for the Theatre offers you a bevy of beautiful tunes from Rinaldo, Acis & Galatea, Riccardo Primo, Orlando, Admeto and many other Handelian hits, performed on period wind instruments in Colin Savage’s arrangements after 18th-century models, and a few published by Händel’s contemporary, John Walsh.
Colin Savage, chalumeau & recorder; Alison Melville, traverso & recorder; John Abberger, baroque oboe; Marco Cera, baroque oboe & oboe d’amore; Dominic Teresi, baroque bassoon; Paul Jenkins, harpsichord & chamber organ.
The intimate and acoustically beautiful space at St Thomas’s Anglican Church provides an ideal venue for this music – join us!
Sinfonias, overtures and dances from from Saul, Scipione, Ariodante and Esther; Consolati, o bella (Orlando), Da tanti affanni (Admeto), Se per colpa di donna (La Resurrezione), Would you gain (Acis & Galatea), Quando non vedo (Riccardo Primo), three arias from Rinaldo including Lascia ch’io pianga, and a Chaconne from Il Parnasso in Festa.