For centuries, music has mirrored nature. From delicate birdsong to rushing rivers, and the shifting sounds of the seasons to the rustle of the undergrowth, this intimate programme for soprano and orchestra celebrates nature’s voice in music, tracing its presence through some of the pillars of the Baroque repertoire.
Telemann’s orchestral suite Wassermusik (Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth, TWV 55:C3) is juxtaposed with one of Antonio Vivaldi’s best-loved concertos, alongside exquisite vocal works by G.F. Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti, all united in the way they bring the natural world to life in sound. This performance promises to be a fitting celebration of our planet, set alight by the voice of soprano Rachel Redmond.
Georg Philip Telemann Wassermusik (Ouverture Ebb’ und Fluth), TWV 55:C3
George Frideric Handel ‘Sweet bird’ aria from L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato, HWV 55
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293 (L’autunno)
Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto for Violin in F Major, TWV 51:A4 ‘Die Relinge’
Alessandro Scarlatti Bella madre de’ fiori
George Frideric Handel ‘Hush ye, pretty warbling choir’ from Acis & Galatea