This November, Magdalena Kožená and Basel’s La Cetra Barockorchester unite for an exciting tour of Poland, Germany and Switzerland. Together they perform a programme which highlights the beautiful melodies and variety of early baroque repertoire and includes works by Monteverdi, Uccelini, Merula and others.
In his epic poem ‘Jerusalem Delivered’ completed in 1574, the poet Torquato Tasso described the love story between King Tancred and the warrior, Clorinda. Their story reaches a tragic end when they duel in full armour without knowing the other’s identity. This dramatic scene is set by Claudio Monteverdi in his ‘Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda’ and is the climax of Magdalena Kožená’s exciting baroque programme.
The concerts take place at the Philharmonie, Warsaw (5 November), Philharmonie Essen (7 November) and the Stadtcasino, Basel (10 November). Magdalena’s tour reaches a peak on Sunday 23 November at the Konzerthalle Hlrichskirche, Halle, where her partnership with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon continues to flourish. This time her early baroque programme is accompanied by three Handel encores to celebrate the Halle Handel Prize which she was awarded in the 13/14 season. What a way to celebrate!