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2019/20 Season

In the Early Music in Schwabing concert series, the Svapinga Consort regularly presents new programs featuring four hundred years worth of music. The 2019/20 season extends from dramatic compositions from the time of the French Enlightenment through to chamber music of German Romanticism. Audiences will be treated to many accomplished guest musicians including internationally renowned horn player Olivier Picon, Julian Zimmermann and his brilliant Basel-based natural trumpet ensemble, and the baritone and baroque theater specialist João Paixão. Let yourself be carried away by wonderful performances and (re)discover beloved masterpieces as well as less familiar musical gems in an exciting and groundbreaking season!

New this season: Young People’s Concerts! In the footsteps of the legendary maestro Leonard Bernstein, the Svapinga Consort is bringing classical music on historical instruments to young people on Saturday mornings! With narration in English and German, the fascinating stories of composers, musicians, and musical instruments come alive for both the young and young at heart. Free admission, donations welcome! More information here.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

11:15 am • Albert-Lempp-Saal, Kreuzkirche München

SCHUMANN’S LONG SHADOW

Romantic Music for Oboe, Horn, and Piano

Robert SCHUMANN: Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
Felix DRAESEKE: Romance for Horn and Piano, Op. 32
Carl NIELSEN: Fantasistykker for Oboe and Piano, Op. 2
Robert SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for Horn and Piano, Op. 70
Carl REINECKE: Trio in A Minor for Oboe, Horn and Piano, Op. 188

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Maria Raffaele oboe
Olivier Picon horn
Robert Selinger piano

Free admission, donations welcome!

Robert Schumann saw himself as a Ton-Dichter, a “sound poet”: his musical text settings translate images and emotions into sound, creating evocative musical atmospheres even in his purely instrumental works. For example, in Schumann’s Romances the oboe transports the listener into a bucolic paradise, while in his Adagio and Allegro the horn’s strong, heroic sound evokes the excitement of the hunt from dark forests to high mountain peaks. An entire generation of composers followed in Schumann’s wake, writing music of sublime beauty and tempestuous Romanticism waiting to be discovered in this gem of a concert program.

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Young People’s Concert, Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:15 am Romantic Emotions: Music by Robert Schumann and others

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

6:00 pm • Albert-Lempp-Saal, Kreuzkirche München

WITH TIMPANI AND TRUMPETS

Festive Orchestral Music by Bach

Johann Sebastian BACH:
Overture in D Major for 2 Oboes, 3 Trumpets, Timpani, Strings, and Basso continuo, BWV 1068
Concerto in G Minor for Harpsichord, Strings and Basso continuo, BWV 1058
Overture in D Major for 3 Oboes, Bassoon, 3 Trumpets, Timpani, Strings, and Basso continuo, BWV 1069

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Robert Selinger harpsichord and direction
Svapinga Consort on historical instruments

Tickets available at www.muenchenticket.de.

Two festive orchestral suites and the Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in G Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach open the doors to 18th-century Leipzig’s Café Zimmermann: from 1729 to 1739, this was the place where secular music by Bach and his contemporaries was performed twice a week under Bach’s own direction. In this concert, audiences will listen to sounds never before heard in Munich: natural trumpets without holes (or, of course, valves!) and now-rare low string instruments like the agile and eloquent Violoncello da spalla (a small cello played on the shoulder), and the round, full-bodied Basse de Violon (an instrument larger than the cello with French origins).

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Young People’s Concert, Saturday, 11 January 2020, 11:15 am Baroque Dance: Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Sunday, 15 March 2020

11:15 am • Albert-Lempp-Saal, Kreuzkirche München

MOZART: PATHOS AND JOY

Chamber Music for Oboe, Strings, and Piano

Sigismund NEUKOMM: Scena composta per la Signora Hunnius “Misera, dove son” Arrangement for Contralto, English Horn, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART:
Quartet in G Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello KV 478
Grand Quintetto, KV 361: Arrangement for Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano by Christian Friedrich Gottlieb SCHWENKE of the Serenade in B-flat Major (“Gran Partita”)

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Katharina Weber mezzosoprano
Maria Raffaele oboe
Florian Dantel violin
Amy Shen viola
Anderson Fiorelli cello
Robert Selinger fortepiano

Free admission, donations welcome!

Our third season concert centers on the classical contrasts between color and affect typical of the music of Mozart and his contemporaries. In the Gran Partita and the legendary Piano Quartet in G Minor, Mozart explores incredibly different sound worlds and emotional universes. One of his ways of doing this was by taking advantage of the new instruments of his time: the clear, brilliant sound of the sleeker classical oboe and the glittering elegance and rich dynamic capabilities of the recently-invented pianoforte opened new horizons previously unknown to his musical forefathers. The concert will also include a performance of a short cantata for mezzo soprano and English horn (another instrument that came into its own during the classical period) by Mozart’s successor Sigismund Neukomm.

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Young People’s Concert, Saturday, 14 March 2020, 11:15 am Classical Delight: Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Friday, 10 April 2020

3:00 pm • Albert-Lempp-Saal, Kreuzkirche München

GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

Johann Sebastian BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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Robert Selinger harpsichord

Tickets available at www.muenchenticket.de.

On Good Friday, audiences can look forward to a profound musical experience with Robert Selinger’s performance of one of the most interpretatively complex and technically demanding works for keyboard instruments: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Considered a high point of the composer’s keyboard music, the work is written for a double manual harpsichord. It is the fourth and final installment of his Clavier-Übungen, a systematic collection of compositions for keyboard instruments published between 1731 and 1741. This fourth part brings together learning and beauty in a technically-challenging aria transformed over the course of 30 variations. What is all the more impressive is that with the Goldberg Variations, Bach manages to make complex contrapuntal writing accessible and comprehensible for the listener.

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Sunday, 19 July 2020

11:15 am • Albert-Lempp-Saal, Kreuzkirche München

LE SIÈCLE DES LUMIÈRES – GESTURE AND DRAMA

French Baroque Music for Baritone and Instruments

Louis Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676-1749): Pigmalion
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764): Thétis
André CAMPRA (1660-1744): Silène

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João Luís Paixão baritone
Luis Martínez Pueyo traverso
Maria Raffaele oboe
Amy Shen violin
NN viola da gamba
Giulio Quirici theorbo
Robert Selinger harpsichord

Free admission, donations welcome!

Our last season concert transports the audience to mid-18th-century France, when the heady dreams of the Enlightenment mixed with the Sun King’s passionate embrace of theater and pageantry—and particular emphasis on gesture and rhetoric—to shape contemporary art forms like opera, ballet, and instrumental music. Here the Svapinga Consort joins forces with singer and actor João Luís Paixão to combine theatrically interpreted texts with secular cantatas and instrumental works by some of the greatest composers of the French Enlightenment: Rameau, Campra, and Clerambault.

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Young People’s Concert, Saturday, 18 July 2020, 11:15 am French Drama: Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and others

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