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Early Music Concerts 2015-2016: (US) Salon Sanctuary Concert: "At the Pleasure of Mazarin" (25 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 15, 2016

Roman Treasures from the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris
Location:
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street, New York NY, US

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord
 

"A Cardinal who never took holy orders, Mazarin, né Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (1602 – 1661), was born near Naples, grew up in Rome, and became Chief Minister of France. The most powerful advisor to Louis XIV was more fascinated by art than theology, and although Bernini in Paris would ultimately be the prize of Mazarin's successor, the Cardinal imported innumerable Italian compositions and a fair number of Italian composers to his adopted country. His dedication to artistic splendor was a hallmark of his tenure and a gift to subsequent generations. ...

Native sons whom he championed include Luigi Rossi (1597 – 1653), whose Orfeo was one of the first operas to be staged in France, Virgilio Mazzocchi (1597 – 1646), and Giacomo Carissimi (1605 – 1674), who became the teacher of Charpentier. Their music, mostly Roman, and mostly born of the decadent Barberini papal court, came to transform the course of French music. Arias, cantatas, and operas by these Italian composers and more can be found to this day at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, where many treasures of Mazarin’s collection still await a performance in our own time.

Jessica Gould, soprano
Diego Cantalupi, archlute
Charles Weaver, theorbo
James Waldo, cello
Kenneth Hamrick, harpsichord

A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.

At the Pleasure of Mazarin is the first concert in the Bernini in Paris series."

Visit the Salon Sanctuary website for more information.