La Resurezzione

March 16, 2013 8pm, @Church of the Incarnation – 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Angel - Alamy Pictures

Join the Dallas Bach Society for its final concert of its season “Bach and Handel: Two Visions” on Saturday, March 16 at 8PM at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, and experience the Metroplex premiere of George Frederic Handel’s Resurrection oratorio – the piece that made his career in Italy, and one of his greatest pieces ever.
Originally premiered on Easter, 1708, at the Roman palace of the Marchese Ruspoli, La Resurrezione celebrates the triumph of good over evil with brilliant and moving depictions of the victorious Angel (Rebecca Beasley, soprano) and the threatening Lucifer (David Grogan, bass), along with St John (Alex Bumpas, tenor), Mary Madgalene (Anna Popov, soprano), and Mary Cleophas (Charis Peden, alto).

It is a tribute to how much Handel was esteemed, even at the age of 23, that the great Corelli was the concertmaster and leader at the premiere, and singers as great as Durastante (who would later star in Handel’s London operas), took part – although she (and the presentation) was censured by the church, since women were not supposed to sing in public in Rome! The operatic nature of the oratorio passed muster, it seems, simply because the work wasn’t “officially” and opera! But despite the censure, all evidence indicates that the repeat performance on Easter Monday was given!

Handel took this score with him to London a few years later, but never performed it, preferring instead to recycle various movements into about a dozen of his later works, including operas and oratorios, and even the Water Music.

This is a rare opportunity for music lovers to hear a true masterpiece for the first time in person.

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