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Handel and Haydn Society

Director: Harry Christophers

Handel and Haydn Society

Mixed Choral Chorus from MA, United States.

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States. The Society is a renowned period orchestra and professional chorus, performing music of the baroque and classical periods on the instruments and with the techniques of the time in which it was composed. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the Society's mission is "to perform baroque and classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible."

The Handel and Haydn Society has an esteemed tradition of innovation and excellence, which began in the 19th century with the American premieres of Handel's Messiah (1818), Haydn's The Creation (1819), Verdi's Requiem (1878), and Bach's Mass in B-Minor (1887) and St. Matthew Passion (1889). More recently, the Society premiered Randall Thompson's Passion According to St. Luke (1965) - commissioned for the Society's 150th anniversary - Daniel Pinkham's Garden Party (1977), Daniel Welcher's Oratorio for Peace (1999), Sir John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises (2002), and Thomas Vignieri's Fanfare of Voices (2009), commissioned by the Society in honor of the 250th anniversary of Handel's death. In the last 20 years, Handel and Haydn has given important historical performances of core repertoire, and has introduced such innovative programs as jazz/baroque crossover concerts, staged opera with dance, and narrative set to music, to great critical and audience acclaim.

Among recent milestones, Handel and Haydn made its London debut under Sir Roger Norrington in July 2007 as a featured performer at the prestigious BBC Proms Festival, which the London Telegraph named one of the top musical events of 2007. In September 2006, it made its debut at the Haydn Festival at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, with Harry Christophers. Between 2003 and 2006, the Society premiered new productions of baroque operas staged by director Chen Shi-Zheng. In fall 2005, two of the company's recordings - All is Bright and Peace - were in the Top Ten on the Billboard classical music chart at the same time. Handel and Haydn Society won its first Grammy award for its recording of Sir John Tavener's Lamentations and Praises (2002), co-commissioned with Chanticleer. It released its first project - Mozart's C Minor Mass - with Harry Christophers in September 2010 on the CORO label.

In 1985, Handel and Haydn launched the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program to address the lack of performing arts education in public schools resulting from severe budget cuts. Today, this award-winning program reaches 10,000 children throughout Greater Boston. The 2010-2011 Season marks the 25th Anniversary of the Educational Outreach Program, a landmark achievement for the Society and an opportunity to further expand and strengthen the program.

As Handel and Haydn plans for its Bicentennial in 2015, Artistic Director Harry Christophers has set forth ambitious artistic plans which position the Society's core identity as performer, educator, resource center and community partner. In addition to exploring both core repertoire and less familiar works of the baroque and classical periods, the Society continues to develop a diverse audience and make its programs available to all, while expanding its national and international touring schedule, releasing live commercial recordings and further developing its relationships with area cultural and higher education institutions.

Discography

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Handel and Haydn Society : All Is Bright : 00  1 CD : Grant Llewellyn : George Frideric Handel : AVI-2078

Handel and Haydn Society : All Is Bright

Review: Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of America's leading choral ensembles. Under the direction of recently appointed music director Grant Llewellyn, the Society has expanded its repertoire to encompass a broader range of music, including contemporary works. Their first recording for Avie, "Peace," was one of 2004's best-selling choral CD's appearing for a number of weeks on the Billboard Classical Chart. The Society's newest recording, "All is Bright," celebrates the music of the festive season, combining repertoire from the Baroque era and traditional carols with Christmas works by twentieth century composers including beautiful works by prominent American composers including Ned Rorem, Virgil Thompson, Charles Ives, Jennifer Higdon and Daniel Pinkham. The Beauty of the Society's singing, the uniqueness of the program and the audiophile quality sound give "All is Bright" the same elements that made "Peace" a best-seller with widespread appeal in 2004

Songlist: Hodie Christus Natus Est, There Is No Rose, In Dulci Jubilo, Lo How A Rose E' Er Blooming, The Three Kings, King Herod And The Cock, Make We Joy Now In This Fest, A Spotless Rose, Lux Aurumque, A Babe Is Born, Sir Christmas, Stille Nacht, O Magnum Mysterium, A Christmas Carol, Sweet Music, While All Things Were In Quiet Silence, The Coventry Carol, O My Deir Hert, Deck The Hall, Hodie Christus Natus Est, What Cheer?, All this Time

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7967c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Handel and Haydn Society : Peace : 00  1 CD : Grant Llewellyn : George Frideric Handel : AVI0039

Handel and Haydn Society : Peace

Review: Under the leadership of grant Llewellyn and conductor laureate Christopher Hogwood, the Society, in its 189th season, has maintained its long tradition of musical excellence. Handel and Haydn gave the American premieres of Handel's "Messiah" in 1818, Haydn's "The Creation (1819)," Verdi's "Requiem (1878)," and Bach's "St. Matthew Passion (1889); and the Society won a 2002 Grammy for its recording of Sir John Tavener's "Lamentations and Praises." The 32 mixed-voice Chorus bring us 10 songs on the appropriately named "Peace:" de Victoria's "O magnum mysterium," Randall Thompson's lovely "Alleluia," Rachmaninov's "Blazen muzh, Op.37," Lauridsen's "O magnum mysterium," Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei," Tavener's "Song for Athene," Schoenberg's "Friede auf Erden Op.13," Gorecki's "Tous Tuus," Frederick Delius' "To be sung of a summer night on the water," and Edward Elgar's "Lux Aeterna" (Nimrod). These are songs of great depth and beauty, as befitting songs sung with the intention of bringing peace to a world desperately in need of it.

Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, Alleluia , Blazen muzh, Op. 37 , O Magnum Mysterium, Agnus Dei , Song for Athene , Friede auf Erden Op. 13 , Totus Tuus , To be sung of a summer night on the water , Lux Aeterna ('Nimrod')

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7722c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


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