I’m delighted to be making my solo debut with Pinchgut Opera in 2019 - performing in the Australian Premiere of Telemann’s Thunder Ode as part of Pinchgut’s new ongoing concert series. Also in the program is Bach’s Easter Oratorio.
Sat 6 April 7pm at Melbourne Recital Centre
Sun 7 April 5pm at City Recital Hall, Sydney
Die Donnerode, or “The Thunder Ode”, was written in response to the catastrophic earthquake that destroyed Lisbon in 1755, in which about 60,000 people were killed. The work was premiered in Hamburg on a special day of penitence commemorating the event. Telemann uses no text that specifically mentions an earthquake, but there are lines about the voice of God rocking the oceans, with storms preceding him and His Voice making the proud mountains collapse. The setting is breathtaking, being the ultimate in word-painting. Regarded by his audience as avant-garde, the vocal parts and the scoring with three trumpets, the soloistic use of the timpani and instrumental ensemble made this work very popular and one of Telemann’s best known pieces during his lifetime.
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