The Titans Speak
FREIBURG BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
8:00 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2002
Music of Handel and Bach
Houston Early Music is pleased to present Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) in a concert of music by two of the great titans of music – Bach and Handel. Artistic Director, Gottfried von der Goltz, will lead the orchestra in performance of Handel’s Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3 no.4 for two oboes, bassoon, strings and basso continuo, and Concerto Grosso in g minor, Op.6 no.6 for strings and basso continuo. The orchestra will be joined by guest soprano, Emma Kirkby, who will sing arias from Handel’s operas Rinaldo and Giulio Cesare, and J.S. Bach’s cantata Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199.
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1987 and immediately aroused considerable public attention for its interpretation of early music, performed at the highest professional level. The orchestra is self governing and lays great store on democratic structures. Because of this organizational form, the FBO was able to consciously revive the tradition of playing works from even the early Romantic period without a conductor, as was current practice right into the 19th Century. Thus the orchestra achieves the intensity of chamber music, yet has its own distinctive sound which could not be produced with "central conducting." FBO has extended it’s repertoire into the early 19th century but baroque music can be said to be the main emphasis of their programing.
Historical instruments, either instruments from the period or copies of such instruments, which will be used in this performance are: baroque violin, viol, cello, bass, baroque oboes and bassoon, theorbo and harpsichord.
After an early apprenticeship with his father, Konrad von der Goltz, and with Ramy Shevelov in Hannover, Gottfried von der Goltz completed his training at the Juilliard School in New York and the Freiburg Conservatory. At the age of 21, Gottfried von der Goltz was a member of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. Two years later he decided to give up his safe position for the artistically demanding position at the FBO. Today he is an internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso and much sought-after teacher, having been Professor for baroque violin at the Würzburg Conservatory since 1997. His work with the FBO includes works for chamber orchestra from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Soprano Emma Kirkby is known worldwide as one the world’s outstanding interpreters of vocal music from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. She has performed with such outstanding orchestras and chamber ensembles as Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik, Studio de Music Ancienne de Montreal, and the Consort of Musicke. Her outstanding musicianship and intelligence, coupled with her brilliant, clear voice make her performances a joy to hear.
Renowned Bach scholar and William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, Dr. Christoph Wolff, will deliver a preconcert lecture at 7:00 in the St. Basil Hall of the St. Anne Parish Center.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713.432.1744. There will be no charge for children 12 years and under.
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and Harris County
through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County.
And is sponsored in part by Star Motor Cars