Snippets from the festival’s history with a bit of everything
Revisit the highlights from key performances of past programmes that have brought to festival goers the varied shades of Renaissance and Baroque music.
The concert recordings have now been expanded to include the text of the programmes in Czech and English.
Spanish and Basque Dance Music in Versailles
In 2017, Euskal Barrokensemble brought to Prague a program full of exotic Pyrenean rhythms that once fascinated Louis XIV.
The king had a true passion for dancing and invited various virtuosi of the instrument at his court. They would also include the Basque native Enrike Solinís, if he had been born at least 250 years ago...
The concert took place at Troja Chateau on July 24, 2017. The recording was produced by Czech Radio.
Miren Zeberio – Baroque violin
Mixel Etxekopar – Txirulak flutes
Pablo Martín Caminero – violone
Daniel Garay – percussions
Enrike Solinís – Baroque guitar, lavta, artistic director
Teatro del mondo
Between Naples, Madrid, and Venice
Throughout the centuries, a galaxy of famous performers and composers has travelled through Venice, Naples, and Madrid.
The Spanish ensemble Vespres d’Arnadí presented these eminent crossroads of Baroque musical journeys through the music of the famous Venetians and other globe-trotters. María Espada’s velvet soprano was the evening’s highlight. parts.
The concert took place at Troja Chateau on July 25, 2016. The recording was produced by Czech Radio.
María Espada – soprano
Pere Saragossa – oboe
Farran Sylvan James – solo violin
Lina Tur Bonet – violin
Natan Paruzel – viola
Oleguer Aymamí – cello
Dani Espasa – harpsichord, artistic director
The Figure of Mary in Renaissance Music
Both the allegory of the love of God for his people and the celebration of pure erotic love between a man and a woman is the Song of Songs – a collection of ancient love poetry. Among its lines we find also metaphorical representations of the Virgin Mary.
To honor its patroness, Cappella Mariana sang a Renaissance rendition of the Song of Songs parts.
The concert took place as part of the international music festival “Summer Festivities of Early Music” at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows on August 3, 2015. The recording was produced by Czech Radio.
Terry Wey – countertenor (as guest)
Vojtěch Semerád – tenor, artistic director
Tomáš Lajtkep – tenor
Tomáš Král – baritone
Jaromír Nosek – bass
Traditional Songs from Overseas in Portuguese Baroque Music
A programme comprising compositions associated with continental Portugal and its overseas colonies in Brazil, southern Africa, or Timor, as well as the Spanish Dependencies of the 16th to 19th centuries.
The Portuguese ensemble Sete Lágrimas performed a remarkable concert full of musical imagination, immediacy, and high spirits.
The concert took place as part of the international music festival “Summer Festivities of Early Music” at Troja Castle on July 28, 2014. The recording was produced by Czech Radio.
SETE LÁGRIMAS (Portugal)
Filipe Faria, Sérgio Peixoto – voice, artistic direction
Tiago Matias – vihuela, baroque guitar and theorbo
Mário Franco – double bass
Rui Silva – percussion