A GIFT FOR YOUR GARDEN : ENSEMBLE HESPERI

@ St Magnus Cathedral

27 Ticket £22. Concession £20.

A GIFT FOR YOUR GARDEN : ENSEMBLE HESPERI

June 26, 2024 at 1:00pm. Duration: 60 MINUTES

St Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1DH

ENSEMBLE HESPERI

Mary Jannet-Leith         recorders

Magdalena Loth-Hill     baroque violin

Florence Petit                 baroque cello

Thomas Allery                 harpsichord

 

Telemann    Sonata from the Paris Quartet

Telemann    Trio Sonata in G minor

Teleman     Sonata for solo cello 

Handel         Trio Sonata

Graun           Trio Sonata

Oswald         Airs 'The Anemone' & 'The Hyacinth'

[IN THE ROUND]

The Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers of all time, created a much-envied garden later in life at his Hamburg residence. Always searching for new and unusual specimens, he wrote on many occasions to his good friend Handel in London, asking for plants from England. “I am insatiable”, he wrote, “where hyacinths and tulips are concerned, greedy for ranunculi, and especially for anemones.” In London, the Scottish composer James Oswald was also no stranger to the mid-eighteenth-century craze for plants. His illustrious patron, Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Augusta, curated an impressive collection of exotic plants at Kew Palace, now Kew Botanical Gardens, which may very well have been Oswald’s inspiration for his “Airs for the Seasons”. This programme presents a cornucopia of music by Telemann and his horticultural correspondents, framed by charming airs by Oswald depicting Telemann’s own floral favourites.

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