A royal Christmas with Anne of Hannover

The highly musical Anne of Hannover was born the second daughter of George II, the future King of England. During her childhood in London, she received harpsichord and theory lessons from none other than Handel. Her marriage to Prince William IV of Orange-Nassau brought her to the Netherlands, where she lived for a long time in the ‘Stadhouderlijk Hof’ in Leeuwarden. Here, she requested Jean Marie Leclair to come over from Paris to teach her. Frederick II of Prussia (the Great) was her pen pal and came to Soestdijk Palace to play music with her.
Anne’s keen artistic insight and qualities made a deep impression on the three gentlemen: she sang, played the harpsichord, flute, composed and painted. She also advised her husband Willem IV on state affairs and took over his duties as regent after his death. Both Händel and Leclair dedicated compositions to her and through Frederick the Great she came into contact with the works of J.S. Bach.
In honor of this remarkable woman and also to ring in the new year, the Apollo Ensemble will play a New Year’s concert on 1 January that could have been devised by Anna van Hannover herself.

We have made a registration of the New Year’s concert without an audience. It will be broadcast on TV on 1 January 2021 at 01:00 am – 03:00 am – 05:00 am – 07:00 am – 09:00 am – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm via Omroep Flevoland. From 1 January you can follow the concert via www.omroepflevoland.nl

Georg Friedrich Händel: Concerto Grosso opus

I: Without tempo indication II: Allegro III: Adagio IV: Allegro ma non
troppo V: Allegro

Georg Friedrich Händel: Gloria in Excelsis Deo
I: Gloria in excelsis deo. II: Et in terra pax. III: Laudamus te. IV:
Domine Deus.
V: Qui tollis peccata mundi. VI: Quoniam tu solus sanctus.

Michel Corrette: Concerto Noël Allemand
I: Allegro II: Adagio III: Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: from Weihnachtsoratorium, cantate VI
Nur ein Wink von seinen Händen

Georg Friedrich Händel: from The Messiah

Apollo Ensemble
Soprano: Renate Arends
Violin: David Rabinovich & Daphne Oltheten
Viola: Agnieszka Papierska
Cello: Marike Tuin
Double bass: Jesse Feves
Oboe: Peter Tabori, Robert de Bree
Recorder: Robert de Bree
Bassoon: Thomas Oltheten
Harpsichord: Marion Boshuizen
Presentor: Falco van Loon

Recorded at
church center Goede Rede, Almere-Haven

Province of Flevoland
Municipality of Almere
M.A.O.C. Countess van Bylandt Foundation

We wish you all a very happy New Year and hope to see you again at our concerts.