La foresta incantata
Sunday, 16/10/2022 / 08:00 PM / Konzerthaus Freiburg (Concert hall)
Freiburger Barockorchester - Freiburg Francesco Geminiani
"La foresta incantata"
Georg Friedrich Händel
Overture & Battaglia from "Rinaldo" HWV 7a/b
Organ Concerto B-Major HWV 295 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
Violin Concerto in B-flat Major RV 362 "La Caccia"
Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major RV 501 "La Notte"
Eyal Street, Bassoon
Jörg Halubek, Organ
Gottfried von der Goltz, Violin & Conductor
The Forest Calls! In the Baroque era, the forest was an extremely ambivalently viewed spot on earth. For some, it was a place of leisure or rapture, sought out to recover from the rigors of city life. For others, it was a gloomy place where dangerous animals, outlaws or poachers lurked. Again and again the forest was thematized in music and depicted in all its facets. Of particular importance is Francesco Geminiani's ballet music "La foresta incantata", which is set in an enchanted forest outside the gates of Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades. In this forest, one encounters hunters and nightingales, but also ghostly creatures fleeing the war for Jerusalem. Contrary to what the title suggests, La foresta incantata is not an onomatopoeic composition that reproduces the sounds of the forest and nature. Geminiani composed a series of concerti grossi for the pantomime, which set the plot (now lost) within a musical framework. The performance of "La foresta incantata" was a flop, possibly due to Geminiani's unorthodox compositional style. His eccentric rhythms earned him the reputation of an eccentric among his contemporaries, which makes this individual music all the more exciting for today's ears. We encounter actual forest sounds in Antonio Vivaldi's violin concerto "La Caccia" (The Hunt) and in Handel's organ concerto The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, in which a cuckoo and a nightingale chirp in competition.
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