Mr Handel
Georg Friedrich Händel

Mr Handel's Musicians

Benoît Laurent

Label: Perfect Noise
Format: CD
Barcode: 0719279933581
Catalog number: PN 1703
Releasedate: 06-04-18

- First recording of many chamber music works of Handel's time in London
- First recording of some solo oboe works
- A brilliant ensemble of some of the best musicians in the Early Music World

A great celebration of Handel in the first decades of the eighteenth century in London. The musical global citizen at the harpsichord, surrounded by friends and colleagues. Works by this famous Saxon are performed, but also compositions from the pens of his by no means less distinguished orchestral musicians please the ears of excited listeners. Sometimes a movement from a favourite opus is
heard, or an arrangement of a currently popular aria from an opera, and sometimes a freshly composed sonata.
Mr. Handel’s Musicians - this doesn’t refer to just anyone: several of Europe’s most sought-after musicians performed among the ranks of the opera company at the Haymarket Opera House. The brothers Castrucci, John Loeillet of London, Johann Ernst Galliard, and Giuseppe Sammartini played under Handel’s direction at the King’s Theatre, and thereby contributed to the overwhelming success of his works.

Benoît Laurent studied recorder, baroque oboe, and modern oboe in Belgium (with Frédéric de Roos, Paul Dombrecht, and Sylvain Cremers). Afterwards he continued his studies with Michael Niesemann at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg.

In 2008 he was a prizewinner in the renowned competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. Benoît Laurent is Professor of Baroque oboe at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. He makes regular appearances with well-known orchestras and ensembles: B’rock, Anima Eterna, Les Musiciens du Prince, Collegium Vocale Gent, and Concerto Köln, among others.

With his ensemble « Lingua Franca » Benoit Laurent has produced numerous recordings on Ricercar. Additional recordings of note are: the oboe concertos of Giuseppe Sammartini with the ensemble "Les Muffatti" (Ramée, 201 1 ), an oboe concerto by Ludwig August Lebrun with the baroque orchestra "Les Agremens" (Ricercar, 201 1 ), as well as the concerto for oboe and violin by J.S. Bach with the Basler Kammerorchester (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 201 4).

The musicians of Teatro del mondo became acquainted with and appreciative of one another for the most part in an international Orfeo-project under the direction of Gabriel Garrido, one of the leading Monteverdi specialists of our time. After the founding of the ensemble numerous concerts followed, at home and abroad, which were enthusiastically reviewed by music critics.

Whether it be as a vocal ensemble, with a large basso continuo group, or as an orchestra: the acclaim of Teatro del mondo has spread quickly. Among the highlights were performances and live broadcasts at the Rheingau Musik Festival, at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the festival RheinVokal, the Beethovenfest Bonn, and the Young Euro Classic festival in Berlin.

The ensemble has been „orchestra in residence“ at the Vielklang Festival in Tübingen since 2013 and has successfully worked together with Bernhard Forck / violin, Gottfried von der Goltz / violin, Hille Perl / viola da gamba, Sibylla Rubens / soprano und Klaus Mertens / bass, among others.

The widely acclaimed CD of madrigals „Durch die Nacht zu den Sternen“ was released on Spektral in 2015. In 2017 the CD „Orpheus“ with Julian Pregardien / tenor will be released on CPO, and the CD „Napoli“ with Robin Johannsen / soprano on Perfect Noise.