Nights at Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie
Nights at Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie signals the launch of the fourth Music Season, a joint initiative between Parques de Sintra and the Centre of Portuguese Eighteenth Century Music Studies – Divino Sospiro. Under artistic director Massimo Mazzeo, this Season premieres in the Throne Room and the Music Room, ostentatious venues for welcoming guests to the Palace of Queluz and decorated in the Regency-Rococo styles.
The seven concerts proposed for this Nights at Queluz cycle contain repertoires most carefully adjusted to the historical context of the Palace in a journey through the soundscapes particular to the 18th century and early Romanticism with the particular highlight of the modern world premiere of the serenade ‘Il Natal di Giove’ by João Cordeiro da Silva.
Across three distinctive musical cycles – Nights at Queluz, in the National Palace of Queluz, Musical Evenings at the National Palace of Pena, and Reencounters at the National Palace of Sintra – the Parques de Sintra Music Season thus stands out as an invitations to enjoy this heritage to the sound of the period music appropriate to these privileged stages of Portuguese historical in a temporal timeframe that spans from the 16th century in the Reencounters through to the 19th century in the Musical Evenings and passing the 18th century along the way in the Nights at Queluz.
NIGHTS AT QUELUZ – TEMPEST AND GALANTERIE – Programme [PDF]
The Romantic ‘Sehnsucht’ as perceived by Beethoven and Schubert
Sunday, 1 October, 9:30pm, Music Room
Thomas E. Bauer (baritone), Jos van Immerseel (fortepiano)
Barbaric Baroque: the centre and the exotic peripheries [SOLD OUT]
Friday, 6 October, 9:30pm, Throne Room
Il Suonar Parlante: Graciela Gibelli (soprano), Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder), Stanislav Palûch (violin), Alessandro Tampieri (violin), Nicolas Penel (violin), Laurent Galliano (viola), Marco Testori (cello), Riccardo Coelati Rama (double bass), Marcel Comendan (cimbalom), Shalev Ad-el (cravo), Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba and direction)
Domenico Scarlatti: the Rome he left, the Lisbon he met [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, 22 October, 9:30pm, Music Room
Il Sogno Barocco: Rebeca Ferri (baroque cello), Francesco Tomasi (theorbo and baroque guitar), Flora Papadopoulos (baroque harp), Andrea Buccarella (organ and harpsichord), Paolo Perrone (baroque violin and direction)
A serenade for the anniversary of the crown prince [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, 29 October, 9:30pm, Throne Room
Divino Sospiro, Eduarda Melo (soprano), Patrycja Gabrel (soprano), Giuseppina Bridelli (mezzosoprano), Mariana Castello-Branco (soprano), Pedro Matos (tenor), Ricardo Donni (harpsichord and direction)
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The cycle opens on 27 September with the good-humoured voyage: “From Vienna, with love (and humour)”. The Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra, with artistic direction by Laurence Cummings, performs for the very first time at “Nights at Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie” with works by Mozart and Haydn reflecting peak highpoints in Viennese Classicism.
In the second concert, on 1 October, the baritone Thomas E. Bauer and the fortepianist Jos van Immerseel star in a recital entitled “The Romantic ‘Sehnsucht’ as perceived by Beethoven and Schubert“. The program includes the song cycle ‘To the distant beloved’ by Beethoven as well as the songs within Schubert’s ‘Swan Song’ collection, based on poems by Heine.
On Saturday, 6 October, the Il Suonar Parlante ensemble, featuring the flutist Dorothee Oberlinger and the gambist Vittorio Ghielmi, presents “Barbaric Baroque – the centre and the exotic peripheries”, in a concert with two facets: one approaching three German Baroque musicians in which the viola da gamba takes a leading role; and a second part with sonorities of gypsy and Eastern European inspiration.
Spending “A Viennese ‘Soiree’ in Beethoven’s time” is the proposal for 13 October. A night in which the cello of Marco Testori and the fortepiano of Costantino Mastroprimiano are to fill the Music Room of the National Palace of Queluz with rich, majestic musical notes. Beethoven may himself have once played an integral role in this program made up of three works: as a performer, at the fortepiano, accompanying the cello in his Sonata, op. 5; and as a member of the audience in the remainder.
On 22 October, the “Nights at Queluz” musical tour passes through Rome and Lisbon, two of the capitals where the prestigious musician Domenico Scarlatti lived. In “Domenico Scarlatti: the Rome he left, the Lisbon he met”, the Il Sogno Barroco ensemble, conducted by the violinist Paolo Perrone, presents sonatas not only by Scarlatti but also by Corelli, Händel and Lonati.
The young Spanish fortepianist Laura Fernández Granero makes her debut in Portugal at the National Palace of Queluz on 27 October. The concert “The dawn of Romanticism in Portugal” brings sonatas, dances and variations by João Domingos Bomtempo (1775-1842) and Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), two composers who were also two friends.
The “Nights at Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie” cycle ends with “A serenade for the anniversary of the crown prince”. “Il Natal di Giove”, by João Cordeiro da Silva, was performed in the Palace of Queluz on 21 August 1778 on the occasion of the 17th birthday of Prince José Francisco, son of Pedro III and Queen Maria I. After falling into obscurity, on 29 October, this work receives its modern world premiere with artistic direction by Riccardo Doni leading Divino Sospiro.
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“Nights at Queluz – Tempest and Galanterie” counts upon Antena 2 as its ‘media partner’.