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Saturday 18 May, 4.30pm
St John's Smith Square
Le Jardin Secret
Sofie Vanden Eynde
*Please note that this is a change to the published brochure
viola da gamba
Buy a ticket for both concerts on 18 May and get a free glass of wine
Prizewinners at the 2007 York International Early Music Young Artists Competition, vocal and instrumental ensemble Le Jardin Secret makes its Festival debut with a programme reflecting a crucial time in the development of French vocal expression. In arias and cantatas by Lully, Charpentier, Rameau, Mouret and Camapra, as well as instrumtnal works by De Visée and Marais, they find and elegance, refinement, yearning and languor to reflect the sweet breath of nature.
'Le Jardin Secret have a very bright future indeed ... the performances are superb.'
Baroque on the High Seas
Aria 'Siam navi all'onde' (L'Olimpiade)
Concerto in F major 'Il Proteo o sia Il mondo al
rovescio', RV 572
Aria 'Finchè un zeffiro soave' (Ezio)
Aria 'Io son quella navicella' (Imeneo)
Aria 'Scherza in mar la navicella' (Lotario)
Suite in C major 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth'
Motet 'Sum in medio tempestatum'
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, one of the world's finest period ensembles and old friends of the Festival, are joined by the UK's favourite Baroque soprano in a bracing encounter with the 18th-century ocean in all its facets, from opera arias by Handel and Vivaldi comparing the vicissitudes of love to the ups and downs of the rolling seas, to a typically witty celebration by Telemann of the Hamburg Port Authority. Bring waterproofs!
'An unmitigated joy.'
Also on this day:
11.30am Festival Tour - Kensington Palace & Gardens Find out more