Theatrical Viewing

Carissimi – Jephte and Missa L’Homme armé

Saturday, September 7, at 3 pm
With Q&A after the showing.
The Moviehouse, 48 Main St., Millerton, NY
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Recorded: March 24, 2024 @ 4:00 PM
Most of you, our audience members, love the great oratorios, passions and cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Handel.

These works would not exist without Carissimi, who lived almost a century before them! The Italian 17th century composer established the oratorio to bypass the prohibition of public entertainment, which included opera performances, during the season of Lent. Carissimi’s Jephte is structured like the ancient Greek tragedy: a short prologue introduces the drama, followed by dialogues of the main characters as the action unfolds, interspersed with more narration, explaining the background of the story, and responses and reactions from the chorus, who also concludes the the story. The role of the narrator is taken on by different voices: a solo alto, bass and then soprano, and also duets, trios and a quartet. The two characters are Jephte, a tenor, and his daughter, Filia, a sopranoHer female companions speak as a soprano duet, echoed by the complete chorus. Like most early vocal works, there are no instrumental parts, except the bass, the bass continuo. This accompaniment was meant to be improvised to support and enhance the drama. In our version, the seven instruments alternate to emphasize the different situations in the drama: the dulcian and the percussive strumming of the theorbo create the call to battle; Jephte is accompanied by the organ and theorbo, while Filia is accompanied by the harp. The instrumental prelude and interludes were not originally composed, nor suggested by Carissimi. It is my hope that they will enhance the story, and create a few moments of space, to let the emotions evoked by Carissimi’s oratorio unfold even more.

Upcoming Performance: Hommage a Wanda Landowska – Kenneth Weiss, Harpsichord

“A Treasury of Harpsichord Music” 

Saturday, September 14, 2024 at 6:00 PM.
United Methodist Church, Lakeville, CT

A harpsichord solo recital performed by Kenneth Weiss, professor at the Paris Conservatoire, France in honor of the legendary harpsichord virtuoso and scholar Wanda Landowska. Weiss plays works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francois Couperin, Henry Purcell, George Frederick Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The selection is the recreation of the landmark 1957 “A Treasury of Harpsichord Music” recording of Wanda Landowska.

With special support by Leszek Wojcik.
Support for the concerts has been provided to Crescendo also by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature, and NBT Bank.

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