Friday October 26 at 12:30pm
Stanford Hospital Atrium
Saturday October 27 at 7pm
Los Altos Lutheran
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Sunday October 28 at 7pm
Lafayette Christian Church
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The long-awaited Albany Consort season opener is just around the corner, and just in time for Halloween. What started out as a funny idea actually took on a different note with the recent deaths of four people close to me – two family and two friends. It seems appropriate to give them all a sendoff with the richest music that provides an understanding of humanity and the infinite.
We start and end with Purcell and Bach. Purcell’s Funeral Sentences were composed for Queen Mary’s death, then Purcell died the following year, and they were used for his funeral too. A very young Bach composed the Actus Tragicus for the death of the Mayor of Mühlhausen, and Bach’s genius for clever devices that also work at the level of the emotions is already in full evidence.
In the middle, we present a beautiful Couperin Lamentations of Jeremiah setting, mixing solemn Hebrew announcement with florid Latin text. Monteverdi suggests that the human activity is well expressed as a cycle of anger, temperance and humility, and our two examples from his War and Love madrigals show clearly and brilliantly how this works.
And at the center, a musical tombstone for harpsichord by d’Anglebert, honoring his teacher Chambonnières.
Nine musicians provide a musical richness that is guaranteed to make you cry, laugh, satisfied and agitated, not necessarily in that order. Three chances to hear us too. Plus salty and sweet snacks after the Sat and Sun concerts.