No expense was spared for the wedding of Ferdinando I de’ Medici and Christina of Lorraine in 1589. The highlight of the festivities in Florence was the performance of the play La Pellegrina by Girolamo Bargagli. What went down in history, however, were the musical intermezzos, or ‘intermedii’, which connected the young couple to Greek mythology. Various musical styles come together in the six intermedii: the swan song of the Renaissance resounds with the first stirrings of the Baroque. Polyphonic choir pieces and virtuoso arias, composed by the youngest generation of composers such as Cavalieri, Caccini and Peri, formed a particularly coherent score. The singer and lutenist Nicolas Achten leads almost fifty singers and musicians of Scherzi Musicali in a musical story that transports listeners from one dream to another.
Première commissioned by AMUZ
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Scherzi Musicali | Nicolas Achten, artistic director