The English Concert & Anna Dennis

Mon 11 July 2022

Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee

Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee

Works by G F Handel and G Bononcini       


G F Handel Concerto in F major Op. 6 No. 2, HWV 320

G Bononcini Sinfonia in F major, Op. 3 No. 1, Cantata Ecco Dorinda il giorno

G F Handel Sonata a 5, HWV 288,




G Bononcini Ombra mai fù from Xerse,

G F Handel In mezzo a voi dui from Imeneo HWV 41,  Ritorna, oh caro from Rodelinda HWV 19.

G F Handel Concerto in B flat major, Op. 3 No.2, HWV 313

G F Handel Cantata Crudel tiranno Amor HWV 97


During the 1720s in London, Georg Friedrich Handel was as popular as a composer could be. But the arrival of Giovanni Bononcini in London sparked a public rivalry between the two composers, so much so that it inspired an epigram by the poet John Byrom that brought the phrase ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’ into popular usage.

The English Concert is led from the harpsichord by Tom Foster. Anna Dennis, who was radiant in the role of Galatea at the 2021 Festival, is the soprano soloist.

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