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It is a biblical marital drama that is still seen as the myth at the root of the conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians. The Neue Hofkapelle Graz will play Alessandro Scarlatti’s touching rendering of the story of the banishment of Hagar and Ismael.
Alessandro Scarlatti: Agar et Ismaele esiliati (oratorio)
The magnificent young soprano Philipp Mathmann sings about Abraham’s rejected son. When his aging wife Sara finally fell pregnant, the founding father of Israel sent his concubine Hagar and her son to the desert, where an angel saved little Ishmael from dying of thirst. With eerie psychology and moving realism, Alessandro Scarlatti told this biblical story about the exiled Hagar in 1683, from the father’s misery to the son’s tormenting thirst for water. It was the young Sicilian’s first Italian oratorio and it was already a masterpiece – almost as if it has been written for the Neue Hofkapelle Graz and their magnificent soloists.