Time to sort your Diary and secure your seats for the multi award winning early music festival Brisbane Baroque 2016. From the brilliance of Bach in his ‘castle of heaven’ to Vivaldi, the red priest with a musical Midas touch, this festival of splendid Baroque music is masterminded by Directors Leo Schofield AM and Jarrod Carland with the support of Government, sponsors and supporters. Gleaned from an age when marvellous music revealed all by its purity and at the essence of new ideas, ‘Baroque’ music was named for an Italian style (1600 – 1750), distinguished by its grand manner and movement in architecture.
During the seventeenth century composers with great creativity combined brilliantly philosophical thought and musical aesthetics to render and translate into music, the passions, preferences and affections of modern man. Metmorphed from period of quiet devotion worshipers were elevated into a world of a church triumphant. Richly decked out clergy were showcased against a background of glorious textiles and a high altar groaning with gold and silver plate and the resonating music of multiple choirs, orchestras and organs. It was all about abundance.
German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) produced marvellous music both sacred and secular. A giant of the ‘Baroque’ era, at a propitious moment in the history of music, he brought together form, tradition and style and turned them into virtues. His works had a complexity of structure with a wealth of detail that today still represent a challenge for virtuoso musicians, particularly organists.
His so-called ‘pedal fugues’ lit up many a city and country gathering of the faithful. He was an ordinary man composing extraordinary music, which the festival will celebrate at a Gala featuring star soprano Greta Bradman, British tenor Nicholas Scott, virtuoso violinists Ioana Tache and Kristian Winther and organist Christopher Wrench. They will join forces with members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra directed by rising star Australian conductor Jessica Cottis on Saturday 9th April at the Concert Hall QPAC where they will be sure to raise the roof.
American born mezzo Soprano Vivica Gensaux will also be sure to have everyone shouting Viva! Also at QPAC on 10th April, she will be accompanied by the simply splendid Camerata of St Johns under the direction of virtuoso violinist Brendan Joyce, with Erin Helyard on harpsichord. Vivica will be performing works by the ‘red priest’ Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). An excellent violinist, Vivaldi’s legacy of sacred vocal music includes a huge collection of musical manuscripts bound in 27 large volumes. Rediscovered in the 1920’s, they reflect his energy, passion, lyricism and the instrumental colour and dramatic effects at the centre of his technical command of his favoured instrument. If you want an uplifting experience this year pull out ‘all stops’ and BOOK NOW for BRISBANE BAROQUE, 2016. | BUY TICKETS