Handel and Haydn Society, offering historically informed performances in Boston for 207 years

Posted on: June 13, 2022

Handel and Haydn Society, offering historically informed performances in Boston for 207 years

“On a recent Friday evening at Symphony Hall in Boston, the program included an orchestral suite by Johann Sebastian Bach; Vivaldi’s triumphant ‘Gloria’; and the ‘Magnificat,’ a 1749 masterpiece by the younger Bach (Carl Philipp Emanuel),” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Friday’s (6/10) Departures magazine. “The stage belonged to … the Handel and Haydn Society … in the midst of its 207th consecutive season…. The orchestra … strives to recreate as closely as possible the sound and spirit intended by early composers…. What’s different, to the core, is the feel of a Baroque orchestra: the energy coursing through the music, its physical intensity, its bodily presence…. Outgoing artistic director Harry Christophers … this season … will conclude his 13-year tenure leading H+H…. The Handel & Haydn Society goes well beyond the work of its namesake composers. Specifically, the orchestra has delved deep into Mozart, and its new recording of violin concertos—performed by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky—is a great way to get up close and personal with the orchestra…. ‘I believe that this music is a living thing,’ says Nosky.’ ”