Esterházy Palace

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Open every day from 10.00 am - 06.00 pm

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Forchtenstein Castle

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Open daily
10.00 am - 05.00 pm

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Lackenbach Palace

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Daily 10.00 am. - 05.00 pm

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St.Margarethen Quarry

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daily at 10.30 am

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English Baroque Splendor

Kristian Bezuidenhout, cembalo and lead
Grace Davidson, soprano
Rachel Redmond, soprano
Alexander Chance, alto
Sam Boden, tenor
Hugo Hymas, tenor
David Shipley, bass
Freiburger Barockorchester

This second mini-festival concert at Esterházy Palace centred around the celebrated fortepiano virtuoso and conductor Kristian Bezuidenhout, here with the fabulous Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and a team of hand-picked soloists, shows what George Frideric Handel owed to the 'Orpheus Britannicus', Henry Purcell. Purcell's was a short life - only one year longer than Mozart's, for example - and little is known about his private life. Nevertheless, when the Londoner died in his native city in 1695 at the age of 36, his contemporaries had long regarded him as the most renowned composer in the entire kingdom; and subsequent generations revered him as the central musical figure of the English Baroque. Even if Handel was temporarily to eclipse him in this regard, by the 19th century Purcell had reclaimed a central position in the nation's pantheon of artists. Beginning with his homage to Cecilia, the patron saint of music, this matinee forms an impressive arc from Purcellian splendour to the anthems Handel composed at Cannons for the Duke of Chandos.

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