Opera at Raynham - Young professionals selected by Michael Chance (including the sensational soprano Rowan Pierce who sang at Raynham for Stars of the Future in 2016) will perform works by Monteverdi. The evening is entitled Warriors & Lovers in Song and includes masterpieces from Monteverdi's 8th Book of Madrigals.
These evenings are usually a complete sell out so book early. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of champagne and an opportunity to view the Belisarius Room upstairs. There is no lift in the house.
Mahan Esfahani The Goldberg Variations
Written for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach this work consists of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. To be played by one of the most stupendously talented keyboard players on the planet. He first performed at Raynham (with Avi Avital on mandolin) in June 2016.
Stars of the Future
Last year saw the first of these bi-annual concerts which presents performers picked for stardom by Michael Chance our Musical Advisor. These musicians already have burgeoning careers but also have that elusive quality - the touch of magic - which will see them rise to the very top. You heard them here first!
Les Laurentines perform Les Trois Leçons des Ténèbres by Couperin
Victoire Bunel Mezzo-Soprano, Charlotte La Thrope Soprano, Julie Pumir Organ/Harpsichord, Alice Trocellier Viola da Gamba
The literal translation from French is ‘Lessons of darkness’. It is a genre of French baroque music developed from the polyphonic lamentation settings of Renaissance composers such as Gesualdo, Tallis and Tomas Luis de Victoria into virtuoso solo chamber music for one or two vocalists with basso continuo. These pieces were often played in private performance. Delalande's 15-year-old daughter sang for Louis XIV first in his living rooms and then in chapel, subsequently feted by all of Paris. The performance of Couperin’s pieces at Raynham Hall is, therefore, following a grand tradition and will fit the acoustics of the Marble Hall to perfection. It is hauntingly beautiful music. Michael Chance first mentioned Les Laurentines two years ago since when we have been trying to find a date when they could all come to Raynham. For those who wish to be sublimely and elegantly transported on a Sunday afternoon this is unmissable.
Have no fear, the ‘LoudTenor’ refers more to the birth and development of a certain style of music rather than the misleading idea of the title. It takes us from the late 16th to late 17th century, travelling throughout Europe, with music by similar composers and including Grandi (successor of Monteverdi at San Marco) and some French music.
Their programme consists of nuggets of pure gold for lovers of late C17th and early C18th music.
BACH: Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1027: Adagio, Allegro ma non tanto, Andante, Allegro moderato
L COUPERIN: Suite in F major: Prélude, Allemande, Gigue, Chaconne (plus a couple of other movements TBC)
MARIN MARAIS: La petite Bru - Air gracieux (from Book V, 1725) Le Badinage (from Book IV 1717) Chaconne (from Book V, 1725)
BACH: Sonata in D Major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1028: Adagio, Allegro, Andante, Allegro]
In the pipeline for 2019, we hope to confirm recitals by Carolyn Sampson (soprano) with Matt Wadsworth (theorbo), Matt Wadsworth (theorbo) with Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) exploring and demonstrating both the instruments and their repertoire, Avi Avital (mandolin) accompanied by the harp and possibly a new and exciting Serbian violinist also accompanied by the harp. The date for the Royal Academy of Music in 2019 is not yet confirmed but is planned towards the end of April as usual.