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November 06, 2018

French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut November 16-18 with a program of works by two composers who dominated the English musical scene during the Baroque period: Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. We asked Emmanuelle to describe her program.

“I am extremely happy and honored to be coming to The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time with this Purcell-Handel program in the company of soprano Lenneke Ruiten, who is also making her Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

“We will start our program by exploring a little of the universe of Henry Purcell, with the lively music of The Fairy Queen. We can imagine through the notes the elfs, spirits, and other fairies dancing at night. Lenneke will give her voice to a nymph, weeping after her lover’s loss.

"Handel wrote Il delirio amoroso (The Delirium of Love) when he was only 22 and was traveling in Italy to learn composition. He wrote a masterpiece, as Italian as any of the other works of the same period: Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (The Triumph of Time and Love), La resurrezione (The Resurrection), or Dixit Dominus (The Lord Said). The solo instruments in Il delirio amoroso (oboe, violin, recorder, cello) incredibly illustrate the pain and madness of Chloris, who has been abandoned by the shepherd Thyrsis.

“In between those two pieces, we will hear Handel’s magnificent Music for the Royal Fireworks, composed more than 40 years later by a real British composer! No question that the Orchestra is going to shine in that brilliant piece.”

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Photo of Emmanuelle Haïm by Marianne Rosenstiehl.

Photo of Lenneke Ruiten by Victor Thomas.