Orfeus Barock Stockholm
Livestream: Dawn in Vienna
The composers and the music that laid the foundation to a musical metropolis.
Sunday 25 April 2021 16.00Ends approximately 18.00
Since its formation in 2015, Orpheus Baroque Stockholm has grown into an important part of the capital city’s music offering, serving as a meeting place for philharmonic musicians and some of Sweden’s foremost freelance Baroque musicians.
The critically acclaimed ensemble collaborates with guest conductors such as Alfredo Bernardini, Dan Laurin, Peter Spissky, Luca Guglielmi, Göran Karlsson and Mariangiola Martello, and soloists such as Anders J. Dahlin and Kristina Hammarström. The artistic directors are the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s solo cellist Johannes Rostamo, and concertmaster and Baroque violinist Elin Gabrielsson.
Not much is known about the life and work of Maria Margherita Grimani, except for one thing, which is known without hesitation: she was the first female composer to have an opera performed at the Royal Opera in Vienna. She also composed other music for voice, including two oratorios. As we will hear at this concert, her music is filled with powerful emotion.
Much more is known about Johann Joseph Fux, Austria’s most prominent Baroque composer. He travelled frequently to Italy and Venice, where music made a powerful impression on him. One of the best known composers from Venice is Vivaldi, who was also active at the time. Another Venetian-born composer was Antonio Caldara, who travelled to Vienna, where he was court conductor from 1716, which coincides with the period during which Maria Margherita Grimani was active in the Viennese court. These musical lives cross paths at this concert.
Here, Orpheus Baroque will be led by Mariangiola Martello, who is originally from Turin, where she studied piano, organ and harpsichord. She is an in-demand Baroque music coach at many European opera houses: Oslo, the Hamburg State Opera, Drottningholm Theatre, Teatro Regio in Turin and the Cologne Opera, where she performs both as a soloist and as a continuo player. We also hear the Swedish mezzo soprano Annanstina Malm. She has an intense international career and a large repertoire consisting of both older and new music.
The musicApproximate times
Maria Margherita Grimani Sinfonia from Pallade e Marte5 min
Maria Margherita Grimani D’Augusto vincitor from Pallade e Marte4 min
Johann Joseph Fux Trio Sonata in A major K 3407 min
Attilio Ariosti Sonata for viola d’amore and basso continuo8 min
Maria Margherita Grimani A le tue eccelse imprese from Pallade e Marte5 min
Antonio Caldara Introduzione from La morte d'Abel4 min
Antonio Caldara Fortuna e speranza from Nitocri10 min
Antonio Caldara Concerto da camera à violoncello solo8 min
Georg Reutter Jr. Parto inerme from La Betulia liberata4 min
Georg Reutter Jr. Pizzicato5 min
Antonio Vivaldi Barbaro traditor from L’oracolo in Messenia3 min
- Members of Orpheus Baroque Stockholm:
- Annastina Malm mezzo-soprano
- Elin Gabrielsson violin
- Emma Nyman violin
- Christopher Öhman viola
- Daniel Holst cello
- Johannes Rostamo cello
- Fredrik Bock theorbo
- Mariangiola Martello harpsichord