Cessate, omai cessate!

Il Giardino d'AmoreTorontonians: I wanted to alert you to this concert of 17th and 18th century music happening on Sunday, October 20th at Walter Hall/ UoT Music.  The visiting band Il Giardino d’Amore consists of musicians who worked with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations, and the vocal soloist is young Natalia Kawałek, who won awards at Innsbruck last year and sung Purcell’s Dido at the Early Music Fest there this summer. Musical director of Il Giardino is Stefan Plewniak. The Toronto music presenters don’t exactly bring early music bands from Europe every day, so when they do, it’s laudable.

The program looks good:

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Violin in D “Il Grosso Mogul” RV 208

G. F. Handel Aria from Samson “How willing my paternal love”

Antonio Vivaldi Aria from Cessate, omai cessate “Ah! Ch’infelice sempre”

Antonio Vivaldi Motet: In furore iustissimae irae

G.F. Handel Aria from Apollo e Dafne “Come rosa”

Guiseppe Tartini Fugue for Violin Solo from Concerto Op. 1, No. 3

/ Intermission /

Antonio Vivaldi Trio Sonata “La Folia” in D minor RV63

M.J. Zebrowski Aria from Magnificat “Suscepit Israel”

Marc Charpentier Bacchus et Amour

Marc Charpentier Celle qui fait mon tourment

Cristofaro Caresana Aria from L’Adoratione de’ Maggi “Dormi o ninno”

Arcangelo Corelli Concerto grosso Op. 6, No. 4

At least two of these — Vivaldi’s cantata “Cessate”, and Charpentier’s slow and sensuous “Celle qui fait mon tourment”, both trouser — were not only recorded by Anne Sofie von Otter (Otterians, you’ll know them well), but are wonderful and extremely rarely heard live in this town.

There’s also an aria from Handel’s cantata Apollo e Dafne. The program says “Come rosa”,  the aria usually sung by Apollo (bass), so it may have been transposed for the female voice. Ditto for the Samson aria from Handel’s Samson, usually a baritone piece. Really eager to hear this! I think people should transpose more all round, the masculine arias for women, and the female ones for men.

Also, a couple of unfamiliar composers on the program, eg. Cristofaro Caresana (“Dormi”, a short, lullaby-like piece seems to be for a male voice also. Very little of Caresana has been recorded–what I could find was this CD issued by Glossa, which I’m now listening on Rdio and which sounds fun and very renaissance-y in its danceable rhythms and instrumental colours). Also new to me,  Marcin Józef Żebrowski’s Magnificat. Kawalek will sing a soprano aria from it.


I just found out that a bass-baritone will also sing in this concert–Dawid Biwo, who will cover the male arias. So: no transposed pieces.




Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:15 P.M.

Walter Hall, University of Toronto Dept of Music, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent

 Also: performing a one-hour interactive performance at Music & Truffles: a concert for young people 6-15, October 20 at 1:15 p.m.

Tickets, $30, or $20 for under age 30



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