For centuries, music has mirrored nature. From delicate birdsong to rushing rivers, and the shifting sounds of the seasons to the rustle of the undergrowth, this intimate programme for soprano and orchestra celebrates nature’s voice in music, tracing its presence through some of the pillars of the Baroque repertoire.
Telemann’s orchestral ‘Water Music’ suite (Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth, TWV 55:C3) is juxtaposed with one of Antonio Vivaldi’s best-loved concertos, alongside exquisite vocal works by G.F. Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti, all set alight by the voice of soprano Rowan Pierce.
Ouverture-Suite, TWV 55:C3, ‘Hamburger Ebb und Fluth’
Violin Concerto, TWV 51:A4, ‘Die Relinge’
‘Sweet bird’ from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato HWV 55
‘Hush thou, pretty warbling choir’ from Acis & Galatea, HWV 49
Concerto Op. 8, No. 3, ‘Autumn’
Bella madre dei fiori