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.