Passion and fate of women in Italian baroque music
Date & Time
06 / 06 / 2014
Eglise des Dominicains
Avenue de la Renaissance 40
1000 Brussels - Bruxelles Belgium
How is female freedom expressed in the Italian repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries ? Investigating the texts results in a delicate and dark report: female destiny ventures on very unstable, even warlike grounds. Trapped in the snares of passion, love, power games and political rivalries, some female characters become criminals, martyrs or heroins. They refuse the humiliation, domination and dishonour to which men want to subdue them. The need for to low pitched female voices has oriented us from the start towards well-tempered characters: Agrippina, Lucrezia or Giuditta who express themselves via the intense and virtuoso music of Vivaldi, Haendel, Porpora, Scarlatti or Steffani.
If the pages chosen out of the enormous Italian baroque repertoire let some remarkable figures of the mythology or the Old Testament disclose themselves, they, of course, evoke the immense emotional palette of love, of its irresistible attraction, but also the rebellion and liberty in the absence of attachment. Fortunately, nature offers its numerous gifts to devastated hearts: only solitude among birds, flowers and rivers enables to escape from death as the end and from the set backs of love.
To sing with Venus and Amore, this solar couple, turns into an horizon of possible reconciliation of life with itself, away from the ceaseless quarrels of mortals.
Bénédicte Fadeux (mezzo-soprano)
Vinciane Soille (alto)
The New Baroque Times ensemble
Lorea Aranzasti, Pablo García (violins)
Benoît Vanden Bemden (violone)
Diego Salamanca (baroque guitar and theorbo)
Diego Fernández (harpsichord and conductor)
With the support of: