Three Centuries of Patronage: The Medici Musical Legacy - The House of Medici ruled Florence for the better part of 300 years. Their patronage of the arts reached from Dufay to Handel, and this week on Harmonia we'll explore this wide swath of music history through the Medici lens. From the beginnings of Italian opera to the perfection of the baroque concerto by Vivaldi, the Medici influence helped to foster some of the greatest works of art through three centuries.
Johann Sebastian Bach's artistry is viewed by many as the "gold standard" for musicians to emulate. Sunday Baroque celebrates some of Bach's contemporaries, including a German colleague who was called the "Bach of the lute," one praised as the "French Bach," the so-called "Spanish Bach" and music by the one and only Johann Sebastian Bach himself.
An evening of Mozart and Mahler from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart's Symphony in C Major and selections of lieder from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Soprano Anna Lucia Richter and baritone Christian Gerhaher are the featured soloists.