Anna-Maaria Oramo. Photo: Ville Paul Paasimaa.
Thu 16.06.2022 6.00 pm The German Church, Helsinki
The Summer Concert Series of the German Church

Matter of the Heart

Secular and religious love songs

Caccini–Campra–Castello–Chéron–Grandi–Kapsberger–Vivaldi

Anna-Maaria Oramo, soprano
FiBO Players:
  Pauliina Fred, traverso
  Dora Asterstad, violin
  Tatu Ahola, cello
  Olli Hyyrynen, archlute
  Anna Orasmaa, organ

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The Matter of the Heart concert is about love in its spiritual and secular form. Already in the early Baroque, it was very common that in the lyrics the affection was shown to religious figures as intensely as in the secular songs of the same time. Through music, human emotions have been dealt with on many levels, to which even modern people can easily identify. Early in the concert, expressions of more religious love will be heard from 17th-century France and Italy, framed by instrumental music of the same time. How are the means of expression changing, or are they changing?

Alessandro Grandi’s motet O quam speciosa describes the Virgin Mary as a beloved, sweet rose. The Song of Songs and psalm texts of the Old Testament also inspired many 17th-century composers to the theme of admiration. The text of Tarquinio Merula’s Nigra sum is from the Old Testament Song of Songs, but at the same time it is a song of praise by the Byzantine and widely known as “Black Madonna” in the Mediterranean.

Towards the end of the concert, the love theme will be dealt with from a secular perspective. In Italian baroque vocal music, falling in love was dealt with from a wide variety of perspectives in different eras. In Giulio Caccini’s 17th-century monodio Dovrò dunque morire, Udite Amanti and Dolcissimo sospiro the emotional states of falling in love and longing for someone are emphasized. In his 18th-century cantata, All’ombra di sospetto, Antonio Vivaldi analyzes the dilemma of love affairs and betrayal.

Duration: 1 h 30 min (incl. intermission)

Tickets 20 € (normal ticket) / 35 € (patron of arts ticket): fibo.fi/shop
Student tickets at the door 10 €

Ticket inquiries: lippu@fibo.fi

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