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Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

Maria, dolce Maria

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Classical

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

Maria, dolce Maria

Francesca Caccini Maria, dolce Maria
Isabella Leonarda Sonata duodecima, Op. 16
Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Les Sommeil d’Ulisse
+ more works by Caccini, Handel and de la Guerre
Brecon Baroque
Rachel Podger violin
Ciara Hendrick soprano
Alison McGillivray gamba
Marcin Świątkiewicz harpsichord
Daniele Caminiti theorbo/guitar

Sweetness collides with strength in this programme featuring vocal and instrumental music of the Italian Renaissance and French Baroque. Both Francesca Caccini and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre enjoyed long careers as professional composers, in the Florentine Medici court and Versailles respectively. Caccini’s exceptional gifts as a singer and composer were such that the King of France tried, unsuccessfully, to poach her; Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre rose under the reign of Madame de Montespan, one of Louis XIV’s most culturally influential mistresses. Gramophone’s 2018 Artist of the Year, Rachel Podger, is joined by mezzo Ciara Hendrick for this alluring sequence; songs depict floral scents and gentle caresses, but we are thrust into violent storms sent by Neptune in Jacquet de la Guerre’s cantata Le Sommeil d’Ulisse. Instrumental dances, including Caccini’s Romanesca and Ciaccona, leave us twirling in hypnotic delight.

Date & time:Fri 22 Feb 2019 – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One
Price:£34.50-£16.50 | Savers Sold Out
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