Kammerorchester Basel — Endlich Unendlich (Finally Infinite)
In this Clariant Christmas Concert, the Kammerorchester Basel, together with Alina Wunderlin (soprano), Helena Rasker (alto), Thomas Walker (tenor), Yannick Debus (bass), and the Tölzer Knabenchor, will be performing Georg Friedrich Händel’s oratorio, “The Messiah.” For a quarter of a century, ever since he came to London, Händel had been the crowd's favorite, the primus inter pares. After celebrating great success as an opera entrepreneur, he then turned to another genre—the oratorio. One of his cherished new challenges: he first had to introduce the genre of oratorio in England; due to the Anglican Church distancing itself from Catholicism, no oratorios had yet been performed on the island. But then Händel wrote his Messiah in just three weeks!
At first, the faithful were outraged because Händel announced his work as “Grand Musical Entertainment” and the London bishop forbade the work to be performed in an Anglican church. But Händel's musical genius prevailed. “The Messiah” soon celebrated success around the world—with its rather unusual material, including Bible passages about Jesus Christ, the prophetic statements from the Old Testament, and some passages from the New Testament. The libretto illuminates Jesus Christ from different perspectives in a kaleidoscopic manner; there is no actual plot, and the music takes center stage.
Tickets are CHF 30-90 for adults and half price for students.