Instrumental music from Europe of the 17th and 18th century
The 1st Baroque Music Festival of the T.C.H. borrows its title from the collection of the works of French composer François Couperin, Les Goûts Réunis.
The title can be translated to “joined styles” or “joined tastes” and reflects the open spirit of the composer and his time, the admirable circulation and exchange of ideas, as well as the mutual influences from and interaction between different national musical styles in Baroque Europe.
The Les Goûts Réunis
Festival aims to give Thessaloniki audiences a taste of the unbelievable variety and difference, imagination and experimentation that characterizes the Baroque era and its music, with a unique aesthetic based on sharp contrasts and the dramatic, interchanges of character and emotions, dissimilarity and asymmetry. At the same time, the Festival will cover a empty space by presenting in its first edition, four concerts with instrumental chamber music, thus supporting the less commercial and lesser known aspects of 17th and 18th century music. Lastly, Les Goûts Réunis
recommends a small panorama of the Greek baroque scene. Guests include some of the most creative and representative Greek musicians who dedicate themselves with talent and authenticity to the research and interpretation of Baroque music on instruments of that time.
Baroque bows and gut strings, violins, cellos, cellos de spalla, violones, and violas da gamba, recorders and baroque flutes, theorbos, lutes, baroque guitars and harpsichords, in a rare musical feast with Italian, French, English, Dutch, German and Austrian instrumental chamber music, with sonatas, suites, dances, songs, Follias and Ciaconnas, which will take us on a journey into the deepest, most beautiful and most extreme emotions that chamber music can evoke in the human soul, from light to darkness, from melancholy and sadness to joy and excitement, from low key and sensitive to melodic expression and loud and frenetic virtuosity.
FRI 3 November: Les Goûts Réunis - the marrying of styles in Baroque
SAT 4 November: À deux violes égales - French and English music for two violas da gamba
FRI 10 November: Stylus Phantasticus - German and Austrian music for violin and basso continuo
SAT 11 November: Follia - Ostinati, Canzoni, Sonate and Follias from Baroque Italy