Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Ensemble Castor; Petra Samhaber-Eckhardt, violin and direction; Hélène Brunet, soprano
A fun alternative to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this concert pairs concertos for Ensemble Castor’s six musicians with arias and motets by the Venetian ‘Red Priest.’ We welcome the wonderful soprano Hélène Brunet who will unleash her dramatic abilities and virtuosic roulades through arias filled with nature characterizations such as birdsongs, tempests, hunts and pastoral life. Vivaldi uses themes from his Four Seasons in several of his vocal arias and ‘Gelido in ogni vena’ echoes the theme of the first movement of his famed Winter concerto.
“These players never fail to find something to say … lovely, imaginative performances on some sweet-sounding instruments!” – Gramophone, August 2017
Rodolfo Richter, solo violin
Petra Samhaber-Eckhardt and Nina Pohn, violins
Peter Aigner, viola
Kristina Chalmovska, cello
Barbara Fischer, double-bass
Erich Traxler, harpsichord
This concert is generously supported by Simon Murphy.