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Bach - Handel - Rameau: Geniuses of the Baroque Orchestra

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Friday November 6th 2020
8 pm | 2h with intermission

Cast

Lucy Crowe Soprano
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

Presentation

Three musical geniuses were strict contemporaries without ever meeting: Bach and Handel born in 1685, Rameau their elder in 1683. Sir John Eliot Gardiner has chosen to compare orchestral masterpieces by each of these composers, to show the eclecticism of the baroque period, where French and Italian styles set the tone for the whole of Europe, often intertwined with each other. To achieve this, an orchestra richly endowed with winds was necessary: here is an exceptional concert served by the cream of baroque instrumentalists, under Gardiner’s enthusiastic direction.

By Handel, two concertos a due cori, inspired both by the splendour of French music, especially open-air music, as Lully and Lalande’s compositions that had dazzled the world at the Fêtes de Louis XIV, and by Corelli's dizzying instrumental compositions. This magnificently wrought combination gives these concertos vast dimensions, with the exceptional ornamentation of two horns that takes us back to the splendours of Water Music. These concertos premiered in 1748 in Covent Garden, during the performances of the oratorios Alexander Balus and Judas Maccabaeus. As for the Cantata Silete Venti, it begins with true Italian fury, with the soprano stopping the orchestra's French overture in mid-air, to silence it and finally give her the opportunity to deploy her art. This virtuoso Latin motet, no doubt composed in Italy during Handel's youth, is a splendour.

By Bach, the concerto for violin and orchestra BWV1053, transcribed from the original where the solo instrument was the harpsichord, first of all reminds us of the faculty of the musicians of the time to reuse their music according to events and instruments. For Bach, who mastered both the keyboard and the violin, the passage from one to the other was easy, and allowed his most beautiful pages to be reused in other contexts... Bach’s keyboard autograph for this concerto, dated 1738, is drawn from three cantata movements of 1726 (notably BWV 169) where the solo parts were for the organ. It is however possible that the earlier version was for another instrument: the oboe! The slow movement of this concerto, a transcription of an aria sung by the solo viola of the cantata, is, as often with Bach, admirably inspired, and the evidence of his writing, the absolute economy of means, makes the invention even richer.

By Rameau finally, here are some magnificent pieces: an orchestral suite from his lyrical tragedy Zoroastre (1749), and another combining excerpts from Surprises de l'Amour, Les Fêtes d'Hébé and Les Paladins, for a flood of the quintessential colours and emotions of this great master of French opera, whose orchestral parts (overture and dances essentially) are veritable jewels, which take on their full meaning at the Royal Opera of Versailles.

No winner can emerge from this confrontation between three geniuses: but Gardiner's passionate art, at their service for more than 50 years, should give them the most shimmering colours...


PROGRAMME

Bach – Handel – Rameau: Geniuses of the Baroque Orchestra

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
Concerto a due Cori HW334
Cantate Silete Venti

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)
Suite d’orchestre extraite de Zoroastre

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759)
Concerto a due Cori HW 333

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Concerto pour violon Bwv 1053

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)
Suite d’orchestre extraite des Surprises de l’Amour, des Fêtes d’Hébé et des Paladins

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