31 Oct 2014

Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Jonathan Kelly (15 min.)

The French Emmanuelle Haïm played with the Berliner Philharmoniker as long ago as 2002, when she took over the harpsichord part in performances of Bach’s St. John Passion under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. This was followed in 2008 by Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with which she made her debut as a conductor. Equally unforgettable is Haim’s performance in 2011, when the programme included works by Handel and Rameau, and which was part of a joint education project based on the music of Rameau. Emmanuelle Haïm studied piano, organ and harpsichord. She is in demand all over the world as an instrumentalist and as a conductor, and since 2000 she has enjoyed enormous success with her early music ensemble Le Concert d’Astree. In this interview marking the performance of Handel’s oratorio La resurrezione (The Resurrection) in October 2014, the artist talks to Jonathan Kelly, principal oboe with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2003. Topics discussed include Handel as a composer of opera and oratorio, the theatrical quality of his Resurrection music, the unusually colourful orchestration and the scandal that was triggered by the fact that at the premiere of the work, one of the vocal parts was sung by a woman (and not by a castrato).

The concert