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Tuesday 15 September 2020, 8pm1
Grand Kursaal, Besançon
Festival International de musique Besançon Franche-Comté

Sunday 13 June 2021, 4.30pm*
Philharmonie de Paris (salle Boulez)
Week-end "Grands Formats"
Concert participatif

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 8pm*
Barbican Centre London


Georg Friedrich Haendel

Ouverture : "Occasional Oratorio"


Zadok the Priest HW 258
My Hearts is Inditing HW 261
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened HW 259
The King Shall Rejoice HW 260

Hymne national

Le Concert Spirituel, choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet, conductor

Timng : 1h45 with interval

* Grand format
1 27 musicians

Heading for England with Handel's Coronation Anthems

The long tradition of musicians attached to princes or kings tends to prove that music was for a long time an essential element in establishing political power.Handel was no exception to the rule and the Coronations Anthems, composed for the coronation of George II, as well as the Dettingen Te Deum, which celebrates England's victory over the French army at Dettingen in 1743, aim to strengthen the power of the English crown. 

In fact, the two pieces in this concert successfully fulfilled this role, as the rehearsals of the Coronations Anthems attracted a crowd of curious enthusiasts never seen before. 

To arouse enthusiasm and wonder for the power in place; this is the characteristic that makes music so indispensable to princes. The Coronations Anthems and the Dettingen Te Deum are primarily aimed at the senses of the listener. By playing on energy, they seek to provoke in the audience a physical, unanimous and enthusiastic adhesion that they could not obtain by addressing only the intellect.

It is Hervé Niquet's own vision of these "big show" pieces, with his expertise in the Haendelian repertoire (his interpretation of Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks won the Edison Award, and is regularly performed in front of thousands of spectators internationally, his Messiah, just published by Alpha, was elected "BBC Radio 3's Record Review of the Week") wishes to offer today. 
Le Concert Spirituel's choir and orchestra promise an exciting evening, which will start off with spectacular drum and trumpet marches.

As part of the concert at the Philharmonie de Paris
Rehearsals on Sunday 13 June from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 3.30pm allow spectators who wish to do so to work on excerpts from works, in order to take an active part in the show from the concert hall by accompanying the artists who are on stage. Here, the participants prepare to sing the famous British national anthem God save the King as well as two Lutheran choirs integrated into the Dettingen Te Deum .
> More details coming soon.