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L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


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L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


Ensemble

Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction

William CHRISTIE



Program

George Frideric HANDEL - L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

"William Christie chooses to bring a refined, serene and playful version of this score whose diversity of arias and rich musical writing make it a masterpiece of creativity and freshness." Res Musica

Premiered in London on February 27, 1740, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato is presented as a great lyric poem. Based on a libretto by Charles Jennens and James Harris after the poetry of John Milton, this pastoral ode was written by Handel in record time - barely two weeks. Unique in the composer's output, it uses three allegories, each illustrated in one of the three parts of the work: the Allegro (the Merry), il Penseroso (the Thoughtful) and il Moderato (the Moderate).

William Christie and Les Arts Florissants have already performed L'Allegro on several occasions, notably in a version directed by choreographer Robyn Orlin at the Opéra Garnier in 2007. In order to fully rediscover the musical flavor, this concert version offers a more intimate vision of this masterpiece and brings together three great soloists from different editions of the Jardin des Voix, the academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants.

Previous dates

Season 2020-2021

Beaune / France
Basilique Notre-Dame

  • Friday, July 16 2021, 9pm, Festival de Beaune

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