The upcoming Palace Concert on Febraury 6 is dedicated to Mozart. The piano virtuose András Schiff and his ensemble – the Cappella Andrea Barca – put the focus of their concert at Dresden's Kulturpalast on the famous composer of the Viennese Classic.
Andrea Barca – one of Mozart’s contemporaries – dedicated most of his artistic career to interpreting the latter’s piano works. Thus, choosing him as the namesake for the ensemble of international soloists and chamber musicians assembled by András Schiff was a logical step, given that Mozart’s works are also among the core repertoire of the Hungarian-born piano virtuoso and his Cappella. The programme chosen for the Palace Concerts – the Symphony No. 39 in E flat major (»Swan Song«) and the Piano Concertos Nos. 15 and 17 – consists entirely of works illustrating Mozart’s boundless imagination, while also pointing ahead to Ludwig van Beethoven and the perfection of classical form.
Cappella Andrea Barca
Sir András Schiff – Piano and Direction
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 15 in B flat major K. 450
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K. 543
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 17 in G major K. 453
For the final Palace Concert, entitled »Carte blanche«, Jan Vogler promised a surprise evening with a beautiful program and high-carat guests. Now the secret has been revealed and the trumps played: join us in looking forward to an exceptional chamber music evening, for which Jan Vogler has invited two celebrated musician friends, violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Martin Stadtfeld.
The artists, who form a unique trio for this evening, play a program dedicated to musical friendships: in addition to Johannes Brahms’ passionate Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, written when he was trying to win Clara Schumann’s affection, it includes two works by Antonín Dvořák as well: the Violin Sonata in F major, which is occasionally reminiscent of his mentor and friend Brahms in its sound and expressivity, and the Piano Trio in F minor – a masterwork of chamber music of almost symphonic density.
Gil Shaham – Violin
Jan Vogler – Violoncello
Martin Stadtfeld – Piano
Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
Antonín Dvořák: Sonata forViolin and Piano in F major Op. 57
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor Op. 65
There is a change of program and performers for the originally planed concert with Julia Lezhneva and the ensemble Il Baroquisti. On stage the contertenor Xavier Sabata is now joined by his Spanish singer collegue Sabina Puértolas and the La Folia Barockorchester. Presenting a passionate program with excerpts from operas by Georg Frideric Handel und works by Antonio Vivaldi a joyful evening is guaranteed.
The La Folia Baroque Orchestra joins soprano Sabina Puértolas and countertenor Xavier Sabata at the Frauenkirche for a veritable fireworks of sound. The two Spaniards take the audience on an emotional journey through the great operas of the master of baroque stagecraft, George Frideric Handel, singing arias about the joys and sorrows of love. Orchestral interludes are provided in the shape of two concerti by another famous baroque composer: Antonio Vivaldi. The Concerto in G minor was actually written for the Dresden Court Orchestra, the legendary ensemble of the Court of Saxony, whose well-connected concertmaster Pisendel had been a close friend of the composer since his travels through Italy in 1716/17.
La Folia Barockorchester
Robin Peter Müller – Direction S
abina Puértolas – Soprano
Xavier Sabata – Countertenor
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor »per l'orchestra di dresda« RV 577
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Il duello amoroso«. Kantata for Soprano, Alto and Orchestra HWV 82
Georg Friedrich Händel: Sinfonia from the Opera »Scipione« HWV 20
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Scoglio d’immota fronte«. Aria of Berenice from the Opera »Scipione«
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Otton qual portentoso fulmine« and »Voi che udite il mio lamento«. Rezitativo and Aria of Agrippina from the Opera »Agrippina«
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto con molti istromenti in D minor RV 566
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Il mio crudel martoro«. Aria of Ariodante from the Opera »Ariodante«
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Vivi tiranno«. Aria of Bertarido from teh Opera »Rodelinda«
Georg Friedrich Händel: »Io t’abbraccio«. Duet of Rodelinda and Bertarido from the Opera »Rodelinda«