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2011-2012 Season Preview

2011–2012 Preview

2011–2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Tempesta di Mare’s Philadelphia concert series, and we make a season-long occasion out of it with great music that celebrates auspiciousness, an expanded concert calendar, the return of star countertenor Michael Maniaci, and a two-weekend “Opus 10” festival. Season Passes and single tickets are available on our website (single tickets after Labor Day), by mail or by phone. All performances take place at the Arch Street Friends Meeting and the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

Our season opens October 15 and 16 with Tempesta Turns Ten, performed by Tempesta’s grandest orchestra ever, replete with trumpets, horns and tympani. The program includes Vivaldi’s famous Concerto for Four Violins from L’Estro armonico on the 300th anniversary of its publication, a birthday symphony by William Boyce, a ballet suite from Rameau’s Celebrations of Polyhymnia, and a festive overture by Fasch in its modern premiere.

Leipzig Shortlist, on December 3 and 4, marks the occasion of Bach’s appointment at Saint Thomas’s Church in Leipzig. He, Telemann, Fasch and Graupner were all finalists for the same job. Though the post went to Bach, Telemann’s twelfth Paris Quartet, Fasch’s gorgeous Lute Concerto and dazzling Recorder Concerto (in its US premiere), a giddy suite for strings by Graupner and Bach’s elegaic Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor make compelling cases in support of all four composers.

On February 4 and 5Michael Maniaci, lauded as “one of the greatest singers of his generation” (Toronto Globe and Mail), joins the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players for Italians in Vienna. We’ll perform cantatas and chamber music by Caldara, Porsile and Badia, some Italy’s finest composers whom the glittering and sophisticated Hapsburg court imported to Vienna, by their Viennese boss Fux, and by Vivaldi, a notable visitor.

We’ll cap off our two-year celebration of the music of Fasch on March 24 and 25 by introducing four composers we’ve never played before inParty of the Muses. We present Johann Sigismund Kusser’s theatrical overture, Party of the Muses, a tour-de-force violin concerto by Pietro Locatelli, and modern premieres of a sinfonia by Samuel Endler and a concerto grosso by Heinrich Stölzel, all alongside Fasch’s rip-roaring Orchestral Suite in F.

We mark the completion of our first decade with our Opus 10 Festival, two weekends featuring musical 10’s: Opus 10, Number 10, BWV 1010 and more. Weekend-1 begins on May 12 with Opus 10–Chamber, including music by Haydn, Vivaldi, Couperin and dall’Abaco, and concludes on May 13 with Opus 10–Solo, a round-robin recital of solo works featuring our orchestra’s principals playing Bach, Weiss, Frescobaldi and others. The festival finale takes place over weekend-2 with two performances of Opus 10–OrchestraMay 19 and 20. It includes one of Jean-Marie Leclair’s jaw-dropping Opus 10 violin concertos, with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai as soloist, plus music by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann and Scarlatti.


Three programs on Tempesta di Mare’s 2011–2012 series—October, December and March—will include one or more works by Bach-contemporary Johann Friedrich Fasch that Chandos Records will record live-in-concert and release on its Chaconne label after the end of the season. This CD will be the third release on Chandos dedicated to this extraordinary composer’s work by Tempesta di Mare.

Chandos will release Tempesta di Mare’s second CD of works by Fasch, recorded live-in-concert during the 2010-2011 season, in November 2011.

Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) is now acknowledged as having one of the most distinctive musical voices of the German High Baroque, alongside Bach, Handel, Telemann and Zelenka. According to Tempesta co-director Richard Stone, “his as-yet-unperformed concerti, suites and symphonies are stunning works that rate as true modern rediscoveries.” Several of these works were personally restored by Stone in Dresden from original manuscripts damaged during the World War II bombings.

“These works showcase Fasch’s unparalleled gift for orchestration, his highly personal style of tuneful, forward-looking writing, and his masterful pacing of large-scale forms,” comments artistic co-director Gwyn Roberts. “They are all significant, new contributions to the concert and recorded repertoire that represent the breadth of Fasch’s orchestral œuvre.” She adds that recording these pieces live “inspires us to our most exciting playing and makes our audiences an integral part of the project.”

Chandos has contracted Tempesta di Mare to produce a new CD annually for worldwide commercial release on its Chaconne label. In a marketplace otherwise dominated by European groups, Tempesta di Mare is the only US baroque orchestra on the prestigious British label’s roster. The recording project has been made possible in part by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project and by The William Penn Foundation.

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