Programmes 2013-2015

(Selection, please contact us for more speficic concepts)

Secular Programmes – Baroque
instrumental

Best of L’Orfeo’s Baroque - Bach-Telemann
Best of L’Orfeo’s Baroque - La Pastorelle
Best of L’Orfeo’s Baroque - Meli-Melo
Best of L’Orfeo’s Baroque - Water music
with Carin van Heerden, oboe (d’amore)/recorder

Sentimental Storms - celebrating the 300th anniversary of C.W. Gluck’s & C.P.E. Bach’s birth
as well as the 250th anniversary of J.-Ph. Rameau’s death

with Nicolas Altstaedt, violoncello

Vocal Gems from the Baroque and Classical era

Sweet Hope G.Ph. Telemann -
Secular cantatas, arias from a lost opera and insertions for theatrical music by Reinhard Keiser and G.F. Handel composed during his employment at the Hamburg “Theater am Gänsemarkt”
with Dorothee Mields, soprano

Stabat mater
with Nuria Rial, soprano &
Franz Vitzthum, alto
Rome, Venice, Naples - secular and sacred pearls of Italian Baroque music

Fairies, Birds and A Solemn Tune Purcell, Handel, Linley
Inspired by Nature – Three generations of musical reflections on Shakespeare’s legacy
with Johannette Zomer, soprano
(Instrumental soloists: Carin van Heerden, recorder & oboe; Johannes M. Bogner, organ

L’Orfeo in classical guise - with soprano
L’Orfeo in classical guise - with mezzo soprano
L’Orfeo in classical guise - with baritone
on period instruments: Arias by the young Beethoven, a sigh of sweet despair by Haydn and symphonic works by Mozart and Schubert – soloists on request

Secular programmes – From the Early Classical period to the Romantics

Paris symphonies (Johann Stamitz, J.S. Demar, W.A. Mozart/J. Haydn)
This programme forms a link between Germany and France, Mannheim and Paris, pre-Classical and Viennese Classical style. A central figure in this context is a long forgotten composer who had an excellent standing during the first French Empire and whose works are definitely worth discovering again.

… of great beauty and modesty Adalbert Gyrowetz & Joseph Haydn
In London’s concert halls they had celebrated their mutual success. Time to revive the work of a forgotten master of Viennese classicism…

Mozart’s legacy E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Xaver Mozart, Franz Schubert
Three prominent characters: Mozart’s own son and two of his contemporaries who were strongly influenced by Mozart. A journey through time with unexpected encounters: a composing novelist with venom in his quill, a hardly known precursor for Frédéric Chopin and an “Italian Symphony” by Franz Schubert.

Music without words E.T.A. Hoffmann, “Die Brautnacht” from: Das Kreuz an der Ostsee;
Franz Schubert Rosamunde, Symphony in b minor “The Unfinished”
- Two theatrical works based on lost or fragmented dramas. The remnants are vibrant and colourful compositions which are striking enough without a text.

Dancing delights from Vienna
… with Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Lanner

Sacred music and Oratorios – L’Orfeo Barockorchester & Vokalensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mit Fried und Freud / Cantatas by the young Bach
St John’s Passion
Christmas Oratorio

Georg Fredrich Handel
La Resurrezione (The Resurrection)

Oratorio in due parte HWV 47 (1708)

Der für die Sünd der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesu (Brockes Passion)
Oratorio in two parts HWV 48 (1716/17)
Handel’s only oratorio in German: a synthesis of traditional protestant church music and the characterization of human passions in the manner of Italian opera seria.

Georg Philipp Telemann
Das selige Erwägen des bitteren Leidens und Sterbens Jesu Christi

Passion oratorio in nine contemplations (1722)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Betulia liberata

Sacred musical drama at its best – a masterstroke by Mozart at the age of 15

W.A. Mozart und Johann Michael Haydn
Completed fragments

Requiem settings by Mozart & Michael Haydn

Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven, with reverence
Dirges for Emperor Joseph II and Eleonore von Pasqualati – musical rarities!

Opera productions directed by Michi Gaigg

Franz Schubert
Claudine von Villa Bella D 239 (1815)
Singspiel in three acts (fragment)
Text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Gioachino Rossini
Il signor Bruschino ossia il figlio per azzardo

Farsa giocosa per musica in one act

La scala di seta
Farsa comica in one act (1812)

Joseph Haydn
Die wüste Insel
Opera in two acts Hob. XXVIII:9 (later version of the Azione teatrale L’isola disabitata from 1802)

Georg Anton Benda
Romeo und Julie
Singspiel in three acts, Mannheim version from 1784

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Zaide
German Singspiel in two acts (fragment, 1779/80)

Georg Philipp Telemann
Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho
Comic Opera (1761)

Miriways
Baroque Singspiel in three acts (1728)

Orpheus or „The wonderful constancy of love“
Musical Drama (1726)

Jean-Philippe Rameau & Jean-Jaques Rousseau
Les Fetes de Ramire
Acte de Ballet in seven scenes (1745)
Text by Francois-Marie Arouete, a.k.a. Voltaire

Reinhard Keiser
Der angenehme Betrug oder Der Carneval von Venedig (The Pleasant Deceit or The Carnival of Venice)
Baroque Singspiel in three acts (1707)

Georg Friedrich Händel
Almira, Queen of Castille
Opera in three acts (1705)