Hamburg has gained an attractive new concert series since Thomas Hengelbrock settled in Hamburg (again) together with the Balthasar Neumann Choir that he founded and the period performance orchestra of the same name. The Hamburger Abendblatt praised the choir as »miraculously vivid and transparent« after their first concert in September 2019, singling out the »phenomenonal agility of the voices«. Thus Hengelbrock has established his ensembles as a fixed quantity on the Hamburg concert scene – particularly in the Laeiszhalle, whose atmosphere and acoustics make it seem the ideal setting for the repertoire of the Balthasar Neumann musicians.
And this season, too, four special musical gems are on the programme. The first concert features a new and apt combination of arias from the Mozart operas »Così« and »Figaro«. The other evenings are devoted to three more repertoire milestones: Bach's B Minor Mass, the Brahms Requiem and Handel's »Israel in Egypt« (in the Elbphilharmonie).