Grammy-nominated tenor Aaron Sheehan joins the Chamber Players of Philadelphia Baroque Ochestra Tempesta di Mare for A Secret Flame, art songs and chamber music from the time of Louis XIV by Lully, Charpentier and Lambert. Performances take place on January 25 at 8:00 at the Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street in Center City and on January 26 at 4:00 the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue. Tickets and information online at www.tempestadimare.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-755-8776.
The music of A Secret Flame pivots on the early days of innovations in French baroque music that changed the development of music throughout Europe, and its prime innovator, composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. The selections—rarely performed beyond the French-speaking world—include music by Lully for two of his collaborations with the great comic playwright Molière, along with private instrumental music for King Louis XIV. Other contributors include Lully’s contemporary Marc-Antoine Charpentier, his mentor Michel Lambert, and their predecessor Étienne Moulinié.
This is really special music that you won’t hear anywhere else. The songs and scenes that Aaron will sing are lush, beautiful, dramatic, comedic, graceful, tragic and, of course, amorous. They’re French, after all…”
Tempesta di Mare welcomes back the Grammy-nominated tenor Aaron Sheehan. Sheehan, noted worldwide for his interpretations of baroque music, has been a featured soloist with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Tragicommedia, among others. Last season he soloed with Tempesta in Messiah and Art of the Prophets.
Co-Director Gwyn Roberts is really looking forward to theses concerts: “This is really special music that you won’t hear anywhere else. The songs and scenes that Aaron will sing are lush, beautiful, dramatic, comedic, graceful, tragic and, of course, amorous. They’re French, after all. And the instrumental music frames them beautifully. Don’t miss this one!”Buy Tickets
Jean-Baptiste Lully — “Si l’amour vous somet,” from Le Mariage forcé
Marc-Antoine Charpentier — scene from Actéon: pastorale en musique
Jean-Baptiste Lully — selections from Trios pour le coucher du roi
Michel Lambert — Three Airs de Cour
Marc-Antoine Charpentier — scene from Orphée descendant aux enfers
Marc-Antoine Charpentier — Symphonie pour les violons et les flûtes
Francisque Corbet — Prelude and Chaconne from La Guitarre royale
Étienne Moulinié— three songs with guitar
Jean-Baptiste Lully — scene from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Gwyn Roberts and Aik Shin Tan, recorder and flute
Emlyn Ngai and Karina Schmitz, violin
Lisa Terry, viola da gamba
Richard Stone, theorbo & theorbo
Adam Pearl, harpsichord