Event 3: Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival 2018
FRIDAY 25 MAY 7.30pm – c.9.30pm Venue St Mary’s Church, North Bar Within Tickets £26.00 (concessions £23.00, under 35s* £5.00)
Gawain Glenton director, cornetto Bojan Cicic violin Anaïs Chen violin, viola Richard Boothby viol Silas Wollston organ, harpsichord with Alex Potter countertenor
Echoes of the Danube: The Flow of Habsburg Power
Power and influence flowed from 17th-century Vienna and across the Holy Roman Empire. The Imperial capital was a hub of Italianate music and culture, with many musicians recruited directly from Venice and Rome. It is no surprise that archives across former Habsburg lands include works by Italians such as Rigatti, Rovetta, Sances, Pandolfi- Mealli and Bertali. Emperor Leopold I was himself an excellent composer (a second son, he was never expected to rule so was trained in all the liberal arts). His Regina coeli is an expressive testament to the far-reaching influence of Italian music. Composers from north of the Alps could evertheless flourish in this environment, as evidenced by the success of contrasting composers like Muffat, Biber, Johann Schenck and the Franconian kapellmeister Johann Staden.
“Rising star of the countertenor world Alex Potter sings sublimely” International Record Review
“In Echo, representing the cream of Europe’s young period instrumental ensembles” Classical Music Magazine