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  • Les Abbagliati

Les Abbagliati — Aliens in London


  • 20.00 Kamermuziekzaal
  • 21.10 Expected end time
  • 19.15 Introduction by Ignace Bossuyt


Baroque gestures to cantatas by Handel and Bononcini

Following on from Italy, Germany and France, England - and especially London – became the musical epicentre of Baroque Europe. For a short time, at the end of the 17th century, audiences, composers and singers thronged to London, which couldn’t get enough of all the international stars. Les Abbagliati give us a ‘snapshot’ of the music and performers who were all the rage there around 1700. Leading the pack are the German Handel and the fabulous musicians he brought with him to London from Italy. The Italians Bononcini and Astorga also triumphed in London, as did the French chamber music star Leclair, a favourite of Queen Anne. Soprano Soetkin Elbers ensures that this concert is a unique experience: her reconstruction of Baroque gestures gives the cantatas extra depth.

Program and performers

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
Pensieri notturni di Filli, HWV134
Trio Sonata in B, opus 2 no. 1, HWV386b
Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)
Sento dentro del petto un lusinghiero ardor
Emanuele d’Astorga (1680-1757)
Che ti giova, amor crudele
John Playford (1623-1687)
Selection from The Division Violin
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Chaconne from Deuxième recréation de musique, opus 8
Les Abbagliati:
Soetkin Elbers: soprano and Baroque gestures
Sien Huybrechts: traverso
Annelies Decock: violin
Ronan Kernoa: cello
Dimos De Beun: harpsichord