One of the most colourful works from Handel’s time in Rome, La Resurrezione, rises again thanks to Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d’Astre and five exceptional singers.
Continuing the Handel series from Le Concert d’Astre and Emmanuelle Haim is La Resurrezione, composed during the young Handel’s period in Rome and first performed there in 1708. The work recounts the events of Easter and the solo singers portray Lucifer, Mary Magdalene, an Angel, St John the Evangelist, and St Mary Cleophas.
It calls upon a large orchestra, led and directed at the first performance by the master violinist Arcangelo Corelli. The role of Mary Magdalene, here performed by the lush-voiced young British soprano (and EMI Classics artist) Kate Royal, was sung at the first performance by the celebrated Margherita Durastanti, even though the Pope had forbidden female singers to perform in public.