Arcangelo restores a neglected Handelian masterpiece: the dramatic and haunting ‘Brockes Passion’.
Leading Handel scholar Dr Ruth Smith describes it as demonstrating “all of Handel’s power of dramatising immediacy and human sympathy” – and Handel’s ‘Brockes Passion’ would influence no less a personage than J.S. Bach who drew inspiration for his own ‘St John Passion’. For all its quality and significance, however, Handel’s greatest sacred work lingers in obscurity – a neglected masterpiece. In 2019, three centuries after the work’s premiere, Arcangelo is proud to restore the ‘Brockes Passion’ for the appreciation of modern audiences, with two characteristically intimate live concert performances and a new studio recording. Our outstanding cast is led by renowned French soprano Sandrine Piau (pictured above).