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Athens Camerata on Period Instruments

Georg Benda: Medea | Joseph Haydn

20 - 21 February 2011
20:30
Main Stage
Karyofyllia Karabeti breathes new life into Georg Benda’s <em>Medea</em>, while the Camerata’s period instruments bring us closer to the spare symphonic sound of the Classical period.
15 - 20 - 30 - 40 €
Concs 10 - 15 €
“We attended two performances of Benda’s Medea with the greatest of pleasure. Nothing has ever impressed me more! The combining of prose and music is most pleasing. Benda has composed a second ‘melodrama’, Ariadne on Naxos, and both are truly admirable. I love both works so much that I keep them with me always. Benda is one of my favourite composers”. So wrote the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to his father, describing his enthusiasm on attending a performance of Medea in Mannheim. In the 18th century, the term ‘melodrama’ was used to denote a form sufficiently avant-garde by the standards of the day to have made an impression on the young Wolfgang’s genius: a theatrical work with a musical accompaniment, but with recitations in place of songs. Karyofyllia Karabeti, one of the finest Medeas in the contemporary theatre, breathes new life into the libretto, while the Camerata’s period instruments bring us closer to the spare symphonic sound of the Classical period.

The first part of the concert will feature Joseph Haydn’s celebrated “Surprise” symphony. What’s the surprise? Come and find out...

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Conductor: George Petrou
 
Joseph Haydn
Symphony No 94 in G major (The Surprise)
Ι. Adagio-Vivace assai
II . Andante
III . Menuetto (Allegro molto)
IV. Finale (Allegro di molto)
 
Georg Benda
Medea (melodrama)
featuring Karyofyllia Karabeti
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