Alles jauchzet, alles lacht

This trilingual program combines sacred and secular works and is dedicated to divine love as well as human emotions.

The concert begins with one of Handel’s Nine German Arias, which celebrate god’s presence in nature, followed by the famous aria „If God be for us“ from the Messiah. Two fugues from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in our own arrangement for strings and harpsichord serve as a bridge between sacred and worldly music.

At this point, Agilea from Handel’s opera Teseo enters the stage. She is tormented by internal conflict: Should she reveal her love for Teseo, he would have to die. She describes her suffering in the intimate aria „Amarti sì vorrei“.

Handel’s part of the program ends with another German Aria, praising god’s creation using synesthetic images. This is followed by Bach’s sonata for violin and obbligato harpsichord in B minor. By giving the harpsichord a prominent role in this piece, Bach paved the road for later piano and violin sonatas.

The program closes with an excerpt from the Wedding Cantata BWV 202. Cupid and Apollo emerge in order to help bring the two lovers, bride and groom, together.

To New Horizons

„To New Horizons“ sheds light on the diverse and enriching relationships between German and Italian composers in the 17th and 18th century.

Being an artist was synonymous with much traveling, quite differently from other professions of the time. In order to become fluent in musical styles of other countries and regions, composers traveled vast distances to meet with great masters. These journeys often led to prolonged stay in a foreign country.

Ideas and inspiration were exchanged across borders. Through this, countless deep friendships, but  also bitter rivalries evolved, and the lives of some musicians took astonishing turns.

This program is a selection of unique music, a mix of well-known and should-be-known pieces and composers. The texts of the vocal pieces are highly dramatic, thus giving their exciting contribution to the concert.

By moderating the concert we allow the audience to experience the spirit of the time and embark on a journey through Europe.

Diletti Italiani

Our purely instrumental program promises extraordinary suspense and pleasure. Join us in an exploration of the florid Italian Baroque style! With its wide emotional spectrum, this concert surely has something for everyone.

Arava guides you through a selection of virtuosic sonatas and solo pieces. The journey begins in the early 17th century with one of Frescobaldi’s toccatas for solo harpsichord. It is followed by a Duo by Stradella, in which the violin and cello converse and compete with each other. A Ricercar for cello by Gabrieli, one of the first pieces ever written for unaccompanied cello, concludes the first part.

The second half presents sonatas for violin and cello from the High Baroque. It begins with two Italian style violin sonatas, by German Telemann and native Italian and true eccentric, Veracini. Following, a cello sonata by Platti serves as an island of peacefulness in otherwise stormy waters. Platti leads to the height of the program: Corelli’s „Follia“, a real evergreen of its time. The title translates into madness and the music demands great virtuosity of all players.