Handel: Israel In Egypt

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists will perform Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt on their European tour in March and July 2024.

Programme:
Handel - Israel in Egypt HWV 54

The Monteverdi Choir celebrates its 60th anniversary with Handel’s most dazzling choral showpiece. Israel in Egypt is the 18th century’s equivalent of a technicolour Biblical epic, featuring graphic musical depictions of flies, frogs, hailstones, the river Nile turning to blood, and the parting of the Red Sea. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists have this music in their veins and will perform for one night in the beautiful Georgian interior of St Martin in the Fields as part of a European tour.

This tour will be conducted by Peter Whelan, who writes:

Israel in Egypt holds a special place in my heart. The sheer scale of the work, with its double chorus and virtuosic demands on the singers, is breathtaking. It’s a kaleidoscope of musical styles, showcasing Handel at his best. As the Monteverdi Choir approaches its 60th anniversary, it’s fitting to revisit this masterpiece.

Reviews:

“The orchestral playing was buoyant as well as sensitive, the choral work dazzling. The soloists…excelled, but the choir took top honours: every word audible, every note, even when roared, bang in tune.” – The Observer ★★★★★

“A thrilling performance by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists [...] That sense of joy and release was vividly conveyed here under Peter Whelan’s direction.” – The Times ★★★★

“A reading that was highly effective and with a clarity that Whelan shaped with exquisiteness [...] with a choir that proved unbeatable in the performance of this repertoire.” – Scherzo

“Ineffable and sublime” – El Punt Avui

St Martin-in-the-Fields programme:


Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Peter Whelan - conductor
David Bates - conductor (Versailles only)

Soloists:

Julia Doyle
Mary Bevan (Salzburg)
Amy Wood
James Hall
Nick Pritchard
Tristan Hambleton
Jack Comerford

Concert dates:

Monday 18 March 2024, 8pm
Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, Spain

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 7:30pm
Philharmonie, Luxembourg

Friday 22 March 2024, 7:30pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK

Sunday 24 March 2024, 3pm
Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Versailles, France

Tuesday 26 March 2024, 8pm
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany

Sunday 21 July 2024, 6pm
Haus für Mozart, Salzburg Festival, Austria