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L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Georg Friedrich Handel)


L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (Georg Friedrich Handel)


Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction



Rachel REDMOND, soprano
Rowan PIERCE, soprano - (March 6, 2022)
James WAY, tenor
Andrew FOSTER-WILLIAMS, bass - (December 2021)
Sreten MANOJLOVIC, bass
Clemens Jürgen SCHWARZ, boy soprano - soloist of St. Florianer Sängerknaben (December 2021)
Benedikt FORSTNER, boy soprano - soloist of St. Florianer Sängerknaben (December 2021)
Leo JEMISON, boy soprano - Soliste du Trinity Choir de Londres (mars 2022)


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

"I am often asked if I have a piece that is part of my unconditional, indispensable: well, I can put L’Allegro it in the category of my favorites.” William Christie

“A much-needed joyous and healing Handel” The Times (UK)
"A sublime performance" Place de l'Opéra (NL)
★★★★★ Bachtrack.de

Created 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 (Gaiety), il Penseroso (Melancholy) and il Moderato (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 brings together three great soloists from different editions of Jardin des Voix, the academy for young singers of Les Arts Florissants.

Live broadcast of the concert at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam on December 11, 2021 on NPO Radio 4

Previous dates

Season 2021-2022

Amsterdam / Pays-Bas

  • Saturday, December 11 2021, 1.30pm

Antwerp / Belgium
Le Singel

  • Sunday, December 12 2021, 3pm, CANCELLED

Luxembourg / Luxembourg

  • Monday, December 13 2021, 8pm

Moscow / Russia
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

  • Thursday, December 16 2021, 7pm

Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris

  • Sunday, December 19 2021, 4.30pm

Berlin / Germany

  • Sunday, March 6 2022, 11am

Madrid / Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música

  • Tuesday, March 8 2022

Compiègne / France
Théâtre Impérial

  • Thursday, March 10 2022, 8.30pm

Saffron Walden / United Kingdom
Saffron Hall

  • Sunday, March 13 2022

London / United Kingdom
Barbican Centre, Concert Hall

  • Monday, March 14 2022, 7.30pm

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