Handel 'Deborah' - Göttingen, St. Johannis-Kirche


The Göttingen Handel Festival allowed the trumpet section from F.O.G. to join the Göttingen Baroque Orchestra’s performance within the Göttingen Handel Festival. The Göttingen Baroque Orchestra, under their concert master Henning Vater, performed Handel’s ‘Deborah’ (HWV 51) in the Marktkirche St. Johannes which is in the heart of the city of Göttingen. The performance of this three-hour oratorio took place on 16th of May 2015.

An excerpt from the festival booklet revealed that 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy described Handel’s oratorio Deborah (HWV 51) as being “among Handel’s finest and most powerful works”’. I can see why. The opening French-style overture makes for a captivating beginning and the frequent choruses keep the interest between the beautiful arias and recitatives.

Bernd Eberhardt conducted the Göttinger Barockorchester and Göttinger Kammerchor. The soloists were: Anna Dennis, Soprano – Deborah, Johanna Neß, Soprano – Jael; an Israelite woman, Leandro Marziotte, Countertenor – Barak, Clemens Löschmann, Tenor – Sisera and Gotthold Schwarz, Bass-baritone – Abinoam.

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