The Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic is currently one of the best-known singers specialising in Baroque performance. During his Wrocław concert with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, there will be arias of the lesser-known Baroque composer – Nicola Porpora.
The composer born in Naples was one of the best-known opera artists active in the 18th century. He went down in history as a teacher of composition and singing. His students included the most famous castrati, Farinelli was one of them, and the first of the Viennese Classicists, Joseph Haydn. The latter mentioned that he learned from Porpora not only the basics of composition, but also the Italian language. They were not always parliamentary words, as the teacher’s relatives felt free to express their disapproval of the lack of students' progress in learning. In Wrocław, Cencic will perform arias from Porpora’s eight operas: Ezio, Arianna in Nasso, Angelica, Filandro, Carlo il calvo, Polifemo, II trionfo di Camilla and Carlo il calvo.
The concert programme will also include purely instrumental compositions. Concerto grosso (meaning "great concert" in Italian) was one of the most popular forms of instrumental music in the Baroque era. Works of this kind were based on a dialogue between a small group of soloists called concertino and the rest of the ensemble called ripieno. The genre concerto grosso was created by Arcangelo Corelli, who was active in Rome, so it is not surprising that it was eagerly used by Italian composers, for example Alessandro Scarlatti (hailing just like Porpora from Naples). However, George Frideric Handel, who was born in Germany, also used this type of concerto form. His Concerto grosso in D major op. 6 No. 5 is an energetic work in which Handel used material from his own work, Ode to Saint Cecilia. The programme of the evening also includes the Fugue and Grave in G minor by Johann Adolph Hasse, a German Baroque composer.