Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin and Red Priest
Red Priest "Nightmare in Venice"
Lucie Skeaping presents a concert given by Red Priest at the 2011 Bath International Festival. The theme of the event was "Nightmare in Venice" and featured all sorts of music associated with "the dark side". Quite a lot of baroque composers were fascinated by themes of the 'night' - ghosts, demons, witches and fairies, the strange, the ethereal and the fantastical. This concert was designed to give the audience at Bath's Guildhall a glimpse into some of the more feverish corners of the minds of the baroque masters, and includes music by Vivaldi, Leclair, Purcell, Gluck, Tartini and van Eyck.
I find Red Priest somewhat over the top but the play list looks enticing.
Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
Catherine Bott presents a profile of the chamber orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, who celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. The programme includes repertoire by Telemann and JS Bach, recorded at last years Stockholm Early Music Festival, as well as music by Porpora from a recording featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and guest director Rene Jacobs.
This will be an enjoyable way to start a new year.