About the Event
Experience the extraordinary beauty of a classical music performance at the renowned Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. This must‐see concert will showcase a timeless masterpiece, The Messiah, HWV 56, composed by the legendary Georg Friedrich Händel. Prepare to be swept away by the enchanting melodies and soul‐stirring harmonies of this iconic composition.
The Palau de la Música Catalana has always been a bastion of Christmas musical traditions, and this year is no exception. As part of the Palau 100 concert series, French conductor Laurence Equilbey (born in 1962) will lead the performance of Handel's Messiah. Equilbey has gained global acclaim for establishing the Accentus choir, a revered professional choral ensemble with international recognition. Joining forces with the Insula Orchestra, Equilbey and his talented ensemble will breathe new life into one of the most renowned choral works in the world.
Immerse yourself in the resplendent voices of four esteemed vocal soloists, with soprano Louise Alder and tenor Stuart Jackson taking center stage. Their captivating performance will transport you to another realm, as they effortlessly bring the soulful essence of The Messiah to life. Join us for an unforgettable concert that will surely leave you exclaiming, 'Hallelujah!'
- Georg Friedrich Händel – The Messiah, HWV 56
Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Musica Catalana is a dazzling building situated in the northern part of Barcelona's Old Town. An architectural jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, built between 1905 and 1908, its rich interior displays the work of the region's artisans in the form of stained-glass windows, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and blacksmithing. The extensive use of glass in the construction of the venue creates stunningly radiant interiors. The dusty red facade of the Palau is decorated with busts of great composers including Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, and colorful mosaics in floral patterns. The centre of the Palau is the magnificent concert hall, entirely lit by natural sunlight due to the extraordinary skylight in the centre of the richly ornate ceiling, which is popular for symphonic and chamber music. According to Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect who designed the Palau, the aim was to create a “garden for music” – an objective he definitely managed to achieve.
Georg Friedrich Händel
An English subject with German origins, Georg Handel was truly a musical pioneer, combining musical traditions of English, Italian and German composers. He was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany, into a very religious and conservative family. His father was dreaming for his son to become a lawyer and would not let young Georg play musical instruments at home. But the Duke Johann Adolf accidentally heard him playing in the chapel and convinced Georg's father to let his son receive a musical education. Thus, Handel became a pupil of the famous organ player and composer Friedrich Zachow. The first success came to Handel in 1705 when he moved to Hamburg and staged his two premiere operas, Almira and Nero, in the Oper am Gänsemarkt. Almira immediately became a highlight of the theatre and was performed around 20 times. Later next year Handel moved to Italy were he received high acclaim and was put on the same level as renowned Italian composers of the time. In 1710 Handel travelled to London where later he decided to settle down. There he wrote a sacred choral piece "Te Deum" that was played in St. Paul´s Cathedral at the ceremony devoted to signing the Utrecht Treaty. From that moment onwards he became the leading composer of England, as the country did not have any native prominent composers. His oeuvre was mainly focused on operas, but by 1730 the genre of Italian opera ceased to be popular and Handel´s success dwindled. During the last years of his life until his death in 1759 he was mainly composing oratorias, including his famous and magnificent Messiah.