Featuring: Zita Váradi, Kornélia Bakos, Dávid Szigetvári, István Kovács, New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir
Conducted by Benjamin Bayl
Let’s begin by the end: 65-year old Georg Händel has a bigger reputation, a bigger influence and wealth than any other composers before. England accepted him as her own son, his theatrical enterprises produced him lavish benefits and he introduced a new chapter in the history of opera and oratorio. These magnificent appearances couldn’t be farther from the circumstances of contemporary composer Johann Sebastian Bach, living just a few hundred kilometers to the South, creating in modesty and struggling with blindness. Bach keeps carrying on the old tradition even on his deathbed, while Händel, over 60, tries out for a new task: incidental stage music. In this gener, his only masterpiece is Alceste, a rare guest in national theaters.