Saturday 12 September 2015 7:30PM

The English Concert; Iestyn Davies countertenor; Harry Bicket director

Handel, Veracini and Porpora


  • The English Concert
  • Iestyn Davies countertenor
  • Harry Bicket director, harpsichord

Opening Concert of the 2015/16 Season

Iestyn Davies invariably sets creative sparks flying. His second recital album for Wigmore Hall Live won Gramophone’s coveted Recital Award in 2014, recognising the British countertenor’s captivating artistry and star status.

He opens Wigmore Hall’s season in company with The English Concert. Their close partnership stands for the highest values in performance, free-flowing and generous in spirit, daring, and always ready to touch the sharp edges of emotional expression.

This programme invites listeners on a journey into a world of rare and fleeting beauty, fortified with the dramatic energy of arias written by Handel.

  • George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
      • Partenope HWV27
        • Overture
        • Sento Amor con novi dardi
        • Ch'io parta? Sì, crudele
        • Furibondo spira il vento
  • Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768)
        • Overture No. 2 in F major
  • George Frideric Handel
      • Rinaldo HWV7
        • Aria: Cara sposa
        • Aria: Venti turbini
  • Interval
  • George Frideric Handel
      • Rodelinda HWV19
        • Pompe vane di morte... Dove sei, amato bene?
  • Nicola Porpora (1686-1768)
        • Sinfonia da camera in G major Op. 2 No. 1
  • George Frideric Handel
      • Orlando HWV31
        • Ah! Stigie larve!
        • Già l'ebro mio ciglio
        • Ma la furia
        • Vaghe pupille, non piangete
      • Radamisto HWV12
        • Passacaille
      • Orlando HWV31
        • Fammi combattere
        • Già per la man d'Orlando... Già l'ebro mio ciglio
  • Encore
  • George Frideric Handel
      • Saul HWV53
        • Air: Oh Lord, whose mercies numberless

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