Pallas nordica

Music for Queen Christina of Sweden

Monday 07. 09. 2020 | 20.00 Troja Château
U Trojského zámku 1, Prague 7


Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713)
Sonata in D minor for 2 violins and basso continuo, Op. 1/XI


Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623?–1680)
Sonata V for 2 violins and basso continuo


Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725)
“Variazioni sulla Follia” for harpsichord


Johann Wilhelm Furchheim (1635?–1682)
Sonata in E Minor for 2 violins and basso continuo


Vincenzo Albrici (1631–1696)
Sinfonia in D minor for 2 violins and basso continuo


Johann Schop (1590?–1667)
“Pavana Lachrimae” for violin and basso continuo


Carlo Farina (1600?–1640?)
Sonata “La Desperata” for violin and basso continuo


Concert with intermission. Expected end of the concert 22.00.


Maren Ries, Anna-Maria Smerd – violin
Ariane Spiegel – cello
Stanislav Gres – harpsichord
Johanna Seitz – Baroque triple harp


There once was a queen. A Swedish queen. Full of contradictions and with a most intriguing fate... One of the most educated women of the Baroque era, she loved the world – to such an extent that she gave up her royal throne at the age of 28. She left her native Sweden and travelled across Europe to Rome. She was first a Protestant, then a Catholic. She corresponded with and supported Europe’s leading contemporary artists and thinkers, such as R. Descartes or B. Pascal. She was known as “Pallas Nordica”, but her actual name was Christina...


We will follow in her striking musical footsteps with the excellent German ensemble NeoBarock, which will offer up well-known masters including Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Arcangelo Corelli. But they will also perform works by unknown, but remarkable composers such as Vincenzo Albrici, who is buried in Prague and worked directly for Christina I of Sweden, or Johann Schop from Hamburg, whose compositions were played during the celebrations of the Westphalian Peace (1648), in which Christina also participated. Truly an evening for a baroque femme fatale!


Troja Château

U Trojského zámku 1, Prague 7

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Partners of the concert

With kind support of the Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds and in collaboration with Prague City Gallery.