Earthly and Heavenly Love
T. Merula, G. Frescobaldi, G. P. Cima, M. Cazzati


Bork-Frithjof Smith, Gebhard David – cornettino, cornetto
Patrick Sepec – violoncello, viola da gamba
Johannes Strobl – orgel


Wednesday 22. 7. 2015, 7.30 pm
Sts. Simon and Jude Church, Dušní ul., Prague 1

Supported by the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds.


This summer, Saints Simon and Jude and Mary Magdalene came together again – after many years, in fact, for according to the tradition, they first met in the New Testament. This time, they reunited in a church in the heart of Prague whose patrons happen to be the two apostles. As they enjoyed their musical feast, the trio contemplated the contrast between earthly and heavenly love, accompanied by the luscious sounds of Les Cornets Noirs. The two cornetto players Frithjof Smith and Gebhard David lauded the beauty and virtue of Mary Magdalene in compositions by Tarquinio Merula, Benedetto Re, Orlando di Lasso, and others.

Concert Programme

Ludovico Grossi da Viadana (?1560–1627)
Canzon francese in risposta


Tarquinio Merula (1594/95–1665)
Ballo detto Gennaro


Giovanni Battista Riccio (17th century)
Canzon à doi Soprani in Echo


Anonym (17th century)
Intonatio primi toni – Canzona in d


Benedetto Re (17th century)
Canzone detta La Landriana accomodata per sonare a duoi chori
Canzone à 4. Accomodata a suonare a duoi chori


Orlando di Lasso (1532–1594)
Susane un jour (Diminution von Salaverde)
Susanna Vung Jour


Johann Vierdanck (?1605–1646)
2. Capriccio à 2 cornetti

Dario Castello (17th century)
Sonata duodecima à 3


Nicolò Corradini († 1646)
Suonata à 2 cornetti in risposta. La Golferamma


Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643)
Canzon La Tromboncina


Giovanni Paolo Cima (c. 1570–1622)
Sonata à 3
Canzon terza La Gentile
O sacrum convivium


Erasmus Widmann (1572–1634)
Sophia – Regina – Magdalena – Rosina (Gantz Newe Däntz und Galliarden)


Maurizio Cazzati (1616–1678)
Passacaglio (Trattenimenti per camera)


Magdalena at Sts Simon and Juda Church
Opera PLUS, 23. 7. 2015, Jan Baťa
The performance by Les Cornets Noirs was in many respects one of the highlights of this edition of the Summer Festivities of Early Music. The ensemble offered an example of exquisite play and programming which was enthusiastically appreciated by the audience. It should also be an impoulse and inspiration for the development of the local professional scene.