| RoyalPiano and Orchestra
Jean-François Gonzales-Hamilton, conductor
Baroque and Classical Masterpieces
Lully, Haendel, Beethoven
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
“Les Airs de Trompettes, Timbales et Hautbois”
Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (extract from the Oratorio Salomon)
Water Music, Suite No. 2, HWV 349
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Concerto in E flat major opus 73 « L’Empereur »
A masterful programme which starts by presenting a piece which could have been performed to royalty at the court of King Louis XIV by one of the jewels of French musical history: Jean-Baptiste Lully.
The musical traditions of the XVIII century diverge between France, Italy, England and Germany but Handel managed the absolutely perfect synthesis between them. “The Music for the Royal Fireworks” was composed in honour of the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle which saw the emergence of Prussia as a new power.
A few decades later, Beethoven gives us two of his masterpieces, the Egmont Overture in homage to the Count of Egmont and his fifth piano concerto being titled “Great Concerto Dedicated to His Imperial Highness the Archduke Rudolph of Austria”.
Two key words for this concert: Majesty and Grandeur.
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