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A Rudolfine Prague's dream

J. H. Gallus, K. Harant, J. Campanus, , H. L. Hassler etc.

In the last third of the 16thcentury Prague became one of the main cultural centres of Europe. Rudolf II, who was eager to support science and culture, was surrounded by outstanding thinkers, scientists, artists, but also composers from all over Europe. Together with the instrumental ensemble Concerto Aventino, led by renowned flutist and conductor Jakub Kydlíček, we present secular and sacred music by composers connected to Mannerist Prague.

Cast: 12 singers, flutes, cornett, theorbo, curtal, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

The concert hall or church as well

Claudio Monteverdi: Birth of baroque music

Sacred and secular Monteverdi’s works

The personality of Claudio Monteverdi, a composer standing on the border between traditional Renaissance style and new musical era, doesn’t have to be introduced much. He is best known for his accomplishment of madrigal and as one of the founders of the opera, who contributed significantly to the birth of the Baroque style. In the first half of the programme we present selected compositions from the collections of Selva morale e spirituale and Messa a quatro voci e Salmi. In the second half, works from the fourth and eighth Madrigal book and from the Scherzi musicali collection.

Cast: 6/ 12 singers, flute, violin, theorbo, viola da gamba, harpsichord

Programme duration: 70 minutes

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One day of the king of France

A. Campra, M. P. Montéclair, L.-N. Clérambault etc.

How could the day of Louis XIV or his descendant look like? In this program we present sacred music, chamber compositions, cantatas and opera arias by two generations of French Baroque composers, closely connected with the royal court.

Cast: soprano, flute, violin, theorbo, viola da gamba, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

The concert hall or church as well

G. F. Händel: Old testament themed oratorios

arias from Samson, Solomon, Athalia, Belshazzar, Joshua etc.

Georg Friedrich Händel, one of the Masters of Baroque music, is the author of an extremely large number of works, including about 25 oratorios. In this program we present virtuoso soprano arias from oratorios with Old Testament themes (can also be interpreted as themes from the Hebrew Bible). These dramatic biblical stories are told in an unconventional chamber cast.

Cast: soprano, violin, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

The concert hall or church as well