Oblate Center for Education and Culture in Gdańsk
The concert is part of the 16th Goldberg Festival.
The world-famous Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński will perform selected arias from the rich Baroque repertoire together with the Period Instrument Ensemble of the Polish Royal Opera. We will hear excerpts from the famous works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Haendel as well as compositions by a less known, but truly interesting composer – Johann Valentin Meder.
The concert will open with the solo cantata Widerstehe doch der Sunde, written by Bach during his ministry in Weimar to a text by the German poet Georg Christian Lehms. The message of the piece is the struggle with sin and temptation, reflected in the music by dissonant chords that draw the listeners’ attention. Before the break, we will also hear a moving aria expressing the longing for death from the cantata Ich Habe Genug BWV 82 and a soothing opening fragment from the cantata BWV 170. Between the vocal pieces, the period instruments ensemble will perform one of Handel’s concertos from the famous Opus 6.
In the second part of the concert, we will hear two compositions by Johann Valentin Meder – the kapellmeister of St. Mary’s Church in Gdańsk in the years 1687-1699. The program will include moving arias from Haendel’s operas based on Antique themes – Tolomeo, re di Egitto, Rodelinda, Agrippina and Partenope.
Johann Sebastian Bach – cantata Widerstehe doch der Sunde BWV 54
Aria Wiederstehe doch der Sunde
Recitative Die Art verruchter Sunde
Aria Wer Sunde tut, der ist von Teufel
Georg Friedrich Haendel – Concerto grosso op. 6 nr 4
Johann Sebastian Bach – aria Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen from the cantata Ich habe genug BWV 82
Johann Sebastian Bach – aria Vergnugte Ruh from the cantata Vergnugte Ruh BWV 170
Johann Valentin Meder – Der polnischer Pracher
Georg Friedrich Haendel – Aria (Tolomeo) Stille amare from the opera Tolomeo, Re di Egitto
Georg Friedrich Haendel – Aria (Unulfo) Fra tempeste from the opera Rodelinda
Johann Valentin Meder – Ciaccona
Georg Friedrich Haendel – aria and recitative (Ottone) Voi che udite from the opera Agrippina
Georg Friedrich Haendel – aria Arsace Furibondo spira il vento from the opera Partenope
JAKUB JÓZEF ORLIŃSKI COUNTERTENOR
KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR