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A musical earthquake
Add date: Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The next two concerts as part of the VANITAS programming of the 14th edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival will bring great emotions. They will be evoked by two different Baroque religious works, written by composers from Italy and Germany, which we will hear on Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday.

On 12 April (8.00 p.m.) at the church of St Catherine of Alexandria, the world premiere of the Il terremoto (The Earthquake) oratorio by Italian composer Antonio Draghi will take place. Born in Rimini, as a child he sang in the boys’ choir in Padua, then worked in Venice and finally moved to Vienna in the second half of the 17th century, and remained there until his death in 1700. In Vienna, he held the position of Kapellmeister at the court of Emperor Leopold I. Draghi was a prolific composer, who composed 43 oratorios, but did not always find time to complete his scores. In his works, we find many operatic elements, including recitatives with a rich orchestral accompaniment, as well as choral parts with a dense texture, typical of the Viennese centre, reflecting the conservative tastes of the local court. The author of the libretto to the Il Terremoto oratorio, composed in 1682, is Nicolò Minato. The manuscript of the work is at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. The dramatised composition will be presented at the church of St Catherine by Le Poème Harmonique and the Polish Baroque orchestra Arte dei Suonatori, led by the artistic director of this year's edition of the festival – Vincent Dumestre. The soloists will include sopranos Léa Tromenschlager (The Blessed Virgin) and Claire Lefilliâtre (Magdalene), the acclaimed American tenor who resides in France, Jeffrey Thompson (St John), the famous French counter-tenor Dominique Visse (The Scribe), bass Emmanuel Vistorky (Pharisee), baritone Victor Sicard (Centurion), soprano Anna Zawisza (The Light of Faith) and also Helena Poczykowska (The Light of Science). Benjamin Lazar is the stage designer and director of the oratorio.

On 13 April (8.00 p.m.) in the Auditorium Hall of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre, we will hear the monumental work of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann – Brockes Passion. For a long time, Telemann (1681-1767) remained in the shadow of Bach and Handel. Today, his work is often put on a par with those artists. His longest association was with the Hamburg Opera and the Johanneum School, where he served as a cantor. Over the years, he created a rich catalogue of religious music, which consists of more than 40 Passion works, describing the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The 1716 Brockes Passion is the first of these vocal and instrumental works by Telemann. It uses the popular Baroque verse text by German Poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, which is a paraphrasing of themes from all four Gospels. In addition to Telemann, the same text was also used by G.F. Handel and J. Mattheson. We will hear Brockes Passion performed by the French vocal and instrumental Ensemble Pygmalion, under the direction of Raphaël Pichon. The solo parts will be performed by singers from all over Europe, making their debut at the festival. The role of the Evangelist will be sung by tenor Robin Trischler, acclaimed for his “radiantly lyrical” voice. He will be accompanied by English soprano Joanne Lunn, American Soprano Robin Johannsen, and Swiss mezzo-soprano Marie-Claude Chappuis.

Kraków – Światowe Miasto Festiwali 2016

Photos: Ensemble Pygmalion, fot. Pierre Gabriel Pichon | Arte dei Suonatori, fot. Maciej Mulawa | Le Poème Harmonique fot. Jean Baptiste Millot


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