Cantatas and concertos in Naples
by Ensemble 1700 and Andreas Scholl
Sunday July 25th, 9pm – Valloire church
The queen of recorder Dorothee Oberlinger and world star Andreas Scholl play for us tonight the volcanic soundtrack of Baroque Naples, when the city of song was a cauldron of musical innovation, each conservatorio a hotbed for artists.
Alessandro Scarlatti wrote groundbreaking vocal and instrumental music, and then Nicola Porpora, his real artistic heir, ruled the operatic stage Europe wide.
High-pitched voices, such as Farinelli’s, were the craze. Displayed in countless operas and cantatas, in turn lyrical and virtuoso, they sang the heroics of mythological figures or the pangs of Arcadian lovers.
A 1725 Neapolitan manuscript of sonatas stresses the importance of the flute both in sound and melodic line. Supportive or imitative of a vocal part, the recorder also makes its way as a solo instrument in concertos.
Long-time rivals in London, Porpora and Handel, compete today in two solo cantatas. A ravishing excerpt from Porpora’s “Il trionfo di Camilla” might well have the last say!
© James McMillan – Decca
Trained at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with René Jacobs among his masters, Andreas Scholl is one of today’s greatest countertenors. He is eagerly sought after by the most prestigious music venues (Salzburger Festspiele, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Metropolitan Opera…) and the best orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Academy of Ancient Music…).
He sings the title role of Handel’s Gulio Cesare, both at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Salzburger Festival, and is the first countertenor ever invited to perform at the famous Last Night of the Proms.
His many recordings include recitals dedicated to Bach, Purcell, Vivaldi, Dowland, Mozart, Hasse, Gluck… and also complete audio or DVD operas by Handel.
recorder and direction
© Henning Ross
One of the most highly acclaimed recorder players, Dorothee Oberlinger made her international debut in 1997, winning 1st prize at the international SRP/Moeck UK competition.
As a soloist, she has worked with many renowned Baroque ensembles, including the Ensemble 1700, which she formed in 2002. Her recordings of Baroque works have received the highest awards, including a Diapason d’Or. Her 2001 performance as a conductor in Salzburg was followed by a number of memorable opera productions. She is a professor at the Mozarteum and musical director of two prestigious festivals in Germany.
Founded in 2002 by Dorothee Oberlinger, the Ensemble 1700 is dedicated to European 17th and 18th-century chamber music. Appearing at major venues and festivals, the ensemble is internationally famous, enthusiastically praised for its historically informed performance and top-level technical ability. Its very first Telemann recording was deemed a benchmark recording. Others have followed, with renowned guest specialists, including Reinhard Goebel, François Lazarevitch, Vittorio Ghielmi, and Andreas Scholl. The ensemble also performs in opera productions directed by its founder.
© Johannes Ritter
Works by Handel, Porpora, Mancini, Sarri and Leonardo Leo.
Andreas Scholl, countertenor
Evgeny Sviridov, violin 1
Anna Dmitrieva, violin 2
Gabrielle Kancachian, viola
Marco Testori, cello
Kit Scotney, bass
Axel Wolf, theorbo
Olga Watts, harpsichord
Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder and direction