In collaboration with the Händel Festspiele Halle - Digital, The King’s Consort and Lucy Crowe perform cantatas by George Frideric Handel and "Fuga e Grave" by Franz Xaver Richter. The concert is freely available on the haendel.digital website until 13th June.
Direction: Robert King (organ)
Soloist: Lucy Crowe (soprano)
The King’s Consort
Kati Debretzeni & Huw Daniel, violin
Rose Redgrave, viola
Sarah McMahon, cello
Cecilia Bruggemeyer, double bass
Christopher Bucknell, harpsichord
Lynda Sayce, theorbo
Recording: May 2021 - Alpheton New Maltings, Suffolk
Renowned worldwide for their numerous performances and recordings of Handel, in this concert the British ensemble The King‘s Consort will present female figures who, as abandoned heroines, touched people’s hearts even in Handel’s time. The music that these female characters inspired in the composers, who set the respective texts as cantatas, is correspondingly emotive. Handel too wrote heartfelt, compassionate music about a number of abandoned women, such as the inconsolable Armida (“Armida abbandonata” HMV 105), or Agrippina, with her dramatic outbursts of emotion.
Since her debut as Sophie in the “Rosenkavalier”, Lucy Crowe has been an internationally acclaimed soprano, appearing regularly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and other major opera houses, as well as renowned festivals such as Salzburg. She is also an acclaimed interpreter of Purcell‘s and Handel‘s music.