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Motets pour La Reine Christine

12 July 2024 • 21h Notre-Dame Basilica

Countertenor Andreas Scholl, a loyal presence at the Festival since 1994, returns to his preferred repertoire by interpreting the sacred pieces of the lesser-known Baroque composer, the Bohemian František Tůma, accompanied by the Czech Ensemble Baroque under the direction of Roman Válek.

As one of the most significant creators of the late Baroque, bordering on classicism, Tůma composed both instrumental and sacred music, drawing roots from counterpoint and Italian cantata. The concert presents Tůma’s production from the moment he entered the service of Empress Elisabeth-Christine in Vienna in 1741 Beautiful motets, a cantata, and a sinfonia showcase the breadth of his work in this program, whose pages served as a model for other Viennese composers like Haydn and Mozart. “We can rejoice that Andreas Scholl is interested in restoring Tůma’s works. I am convinced that this will allow this great composer of Monarchic Vienna to return to the spotlight of world music,” says Roman Válek, the conductor of the Czech Ensemble Baroque and a specialist in this repertoire.


Czech Ensemble Baroque / Conductor : Roman Valek
Andreas Scholl, contre-ténor

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