Kreeta-Maria Kentala. Photo: Ulla Nikula.
Thu 28.07.2022 7.00 pm Herrenchiemsee Castle, Herrenchiemsee
Herrenchiemsee Festspiele
Fri 19.08.2022 8.00 pm Elbphilharmonie (Großer Saal), Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Summer
Thu 25.08.2022 9.00 pm Cathedral, Espoo
Organ Night and Aria Festival

Water Music

Festival visits

Händel – J. S. Bach

Kreeta-Maria Kentala, violin and leader
Finnish Baroque Orchestra

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FiBO visits both the Herrenchiemsee Festival and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg again and after several years also Organ Night and Aria Festival in Espoo. The concerts are celebration of the rich timbre of Baroque orchestras! Water Musicand Music for the Royal Fireworks by Georg Friedrich Händel and the orchestral suites by Johann Sebastian Bach are iconic works for Baroque orchestra; filled with airy dancing, cooing of wind instruments and charming figures. We will hear Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, which also includes his beloved Air. 

For a long time, Händel's Water Music has also belonged to the evergreens of the Baroque. It was a big hit already in its own time, and various versions of it were performed in the theatres and music halls of London. Both Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks are court entertainment in the French style meant to be performed outdoors: the Water Music suites were created to accompany a royal boat trip on the River Thames in the summer of 1717, and Music for the Royal Fireworks, again, was part of a grand park party in 1749, in the celebration of the Treaty of Aachen. Music for the Royal Fireworks echoes the themes of war and peace, while Water Music offers a breeze of fresh air with its brisk dance numbers and tooting horns. 

For Water Music, an orchestra of 50 people had squeezed into a barge that advanced on the river next to the king's barge. King George I was thrilled with Händel's production, and he had the suites played again and again during the trip and the subsequent dinner. The tones resounded over the water, and the river was filled with listeners in boats wanting to get their share of the lovely music. 

Duration: 1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)

HERRENCHIEMSEE
Tickets 66/77/94/116 €: muenchenmusik.de

HAMBURG
Tickets 12/26/50/70/82 €: shop.elbphilharmonie.de

ESPOO
Tickets 45/35/15 € (normal), 42/32 € (retirees, unemployed and servicemen), 15 € (students and under 18 years) + order fees from 1,50 € / order: Lippupiste's points of purchase and lippu.fi

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