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Academy of Ancient Music: Brockes-Passion, Handel

On the 300th anniversary of its premiere, AAM and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion-setting of rare humanity and beauty. Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, the Brockes-Passion is a sacred opera by another name, so intricate and richly painted areits emotions and events.

Following the Passion story from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text was set by numerous composers including Telemann and Fasch, but it is Handel’s treatment which has stood the test of time, inviting its listeners into the heart of the Easter story.

A vivid mixture of chorales, choruses and emotive recitatives is enough to place the work alongside Handel’s finest, but it’s the astonishingly varied sequence of arias – over 40 of them – that sets the Brockes-Passion apart. Egarr has assembled a terrific cast to give what promises to be an emotionally charged performance on Good Friday.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Pre-concert talk 2pm

Earlier Event: April 14
The Sixteen: Israel in Egypt, Handel
Later Event: April 28
Convivio: Brandenburgs and Beyond