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Musical Wanderlust

Charles Burney's European Travels in Pursuit of Harmony

Musical Wanderlust

Come join Apollo's Cabinet for the presentation of their debut album: Musical Wanderlust - Charles Burney's European travels in search of harmony.

In the years 1770 and 1772 Burney undertakes two long journeys through Europe with the aim of collecting material for his planned “General History of Music”. From carnival in Venice to French ballet, lullaby music at the German court and folk songs in the taverns of England - he follows the music everywhere and meets composers and musicians in eight different countries.

This programme is a Baroque musical voyage following Burney on his journey: a kaleidoscope of European Baroque music with compositions from each of the countries he visited, interspersed with readings of his original 18th century diary entries. The programme includes seldom heard pieces by Austrian composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Czech composer Frantisek Tuma, a new arrangement of the folk song "Kraut und Rüben" based on Dietrich Buxtehude's "La Capricciosa" and Bach’s Goldberg variation “Quodlibet”, music from one of Georg Philipp Telemann’s operas and a Cantata written by Charles Burney himself called "The despairing shepherd", which hasn’t been performed since it was composed in the 18th century and appears as a world premiere recording on our debut album.

Apollo's Cabinet's recent performance at Alpenarte festival was featured by national Austrian broadcasting channel ORF and hailed by Vorarlberger Nachrichten as “a world-class format which was one of the best performances the festival had seen in the past 5 years”. The group won the Maurizio Pratola competition in 2022 and the J.F. Aumann prize for new discoveries and innovative interpretation of Baroque music at the international Biber competition 2023 with this programme.

Join the performers for a chat after the concert.

  • 📅Sun 1 October 2023
  • 📍Lauderdale House, London
  • 🕑7:00pm
  • 🎫£15

Lauderdale House, London
Highgate Hill, London, N6 5, United Kingdom

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