Handel: Joshua

Saturday, 20 June, 2015 - 19:30

Join us as we continue our exploration of Handel’s oratorios, guided by Stephen Layton, for the Old Testament epic story of Joshua.

In one of Handel’s most theatrical of oratorios this is a piece full of contrasts and drama; a tender love story, epic battles and monumental choruses including the ever popular ‘See, the conqu'ring hero comes!’.

Befitting the dramatic nature of the work, this is one of Handel's most colourful orchestrations, with trumpets, horns and even military drum all used to wonderful effect, and Handel's genius for word-painting is demonstrated throughout the work, though perhaps most effectively in the awe-inspiring collapse of the walls of Jericho heard in Act 2.

This is Handel at his most majestic and dramatic, but also full of poetry and intimacy.

The Holst Singers
The Brook Street Band
Stephen Layton
conductor
Rachel Ambrose Evans
soprano
Alex Potter
countertenor
Nicholas Mulroy
tenor
Handel
Joshua
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