In the Baroque, countertenors-castrati of a stunning, supranatural voice charmed the audiences with their virtuoso flourishes and seduced them with sweet sound. Desired, adored and cherished, they were often very whimsical and chimerical personalities, both loved and hated by composers.
Bejun Mehta, a world famous countertenor, together with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will take the listeners on a journey along a trail of outstanding pieces written for high male voices. The night’s programme includes cantatas and arias by baroque masters: George Frideric Haendel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and little known Melchior Hoffmann. It features also the beautiful but forgotten lament Ach, dass ich Wassers g`nug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach, a cousin of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert will be complemented by two instrumental pieces: Concerto madrigalesco by Antonio Vivaldi, a type of church concerto grosso, and La Passione del Gesu Signor Nostro by Antonio Caldara, which takes the form of a four-movement sonata da chiesa in the tradition of Arcangel Corelli [Wojciech Stępień]