Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele

German baroque songs with viol consort.

Sunday 20 July 2014 19:00 — Ogilvy hall, Špilberk castle, Brno City Museum, Špilberk 1, CZ–66224 Brno.

Voce di Cordi:


Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703)Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte (Lamento)
Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt   (Geistliche Chormusik)
Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
Christoph Bernhard (1628 – 1692)Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Isaac Posch (? – 1623)Balleto I à 4
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)Klag–Lied   (stanza 1 and 7)
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)Jubilate Domino   (Psalm 97/98, 4–6)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)Contrapunctus I   (Die Kunst der Fuge)
Franz Tunder (1614 – 1667)Salve mi Jesu
Franz Tunder (1614 – 1667)Ach, Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein

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About the programme

Compositions of the early German baroque period and especially those for viol consort are only heard rarely in the Czech Republic. Here we present a coherent programme consisting exclusively of works of this period and locale (except for the instrumental piece by J. S. Bach included in the middle of the concert as a piece of high artificiality). Among the composers presented in this concert, we would especially like to draw the attention to F. Tunder, a predecessor of D. Buxtehude, whose vocal and instrumental music so far has not been pursued in concerts here.

The compositions of today’s programme share – with few exceptions – in a typical sad or melancholic mood. Thematically, the songs are crying over the loss of a loved one, regret of sins, fear of death. An integral part of the program, however, is also one of the most famous songs for alto and solo viola da gamba, the celebrating and rhythmical Jubilate Domino by Dietrich Buxtehude, and purely instrumental dance music by I. Posch.

Voce di Cordi

The ensemble Voce di Cordi, consisting of five players on the viola da gamba, a singer and a keyboard player, was founded in Prague in 2013. It was originally intended for a one-time performance of compositions for viola consort and alt, where some pieces were heard in concert for the very first time in the Czech Republic with this combination of instruments. After positive responses, the ensemble decided to continue giving concerts. Due to the specific cast of the ensemble, it specializes in music of the Renaissance and early Baroque.

Some members of the ensemble are also professional players of modern and baroque cello (Balázs Adorjan, Jakub Michl), others specialized in viola da gamba from the beginning (Pavel Drbal) or are professionals on other musical instruments (Pia Frenzel, guitar; Martin Gedeon, harpsichord). As guest in the ensemble appears Magda Uhlířová, who studied viola da gamba in Leipzig and Bremen. An integral part of the ensemble and the soul of the project is Marie Žárská, a graduate of the Academy of Early Music in Brno. Her low tessitura and the timbre of her voice resonate with the viols to a slightly melancholic mood. On the keyboards, the ensemble is accompanied by Lukáš Vendl, a cantor and organists who is devoted to historically informed interpretation of baroque music.


Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Statutory City of Brno.

The project “Summer festival of Early Music” takes place in cooperation with Brno City Museum.

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