Wrocław Baroque Ensemble / fot. Łukasz Rajchert
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble / fot. Łukasz Rajchert
Wratislavia Cantans
Perseverance – Kłodzko
7:30 PM
Kłodzko, Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary

Kaspar Förster jr Credo quod redemptor, Quanta fecisti Domine, Celebramus te Jehova, Sonata in F major „La Sidon”, Dialogi Davidis cum Philisteo, Intenderunt arcum, Ad arma fideles, Sonata in G major
Giacomo Carissimi Jephte

Time: 70'

The project is part of the commemoration of the centenary of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood




Andrzej Kosendiak – conductor
Alicia Amo – soprano
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble:
Aldona Bartnik, Aleksandra Turalska – sopranos
Daniel Elgersma, Piotr Łykowski – countertenors
Maciej Gocman, Florian Cramer – tenors
Tomáš Král, Jaromír Nosek – basses
Zbigniew Pilch, Mikołaj Zgółka, Małgorzata Kosendiak – violins
Přemysl Vacek – theorbo
Maximilian Ehrhardt – harp
Josep Casadellà – bassoon
Julia Karpeta – viola da gamba
Krzysztof Karpeta – violone
Marta Niedźwiecka – chest organ, harpsichord

Kłodzko, Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary
plac Kościelny 9, 57-300 Kłodzko
from 10 to 15 zł

The concert of Wrocław Baroque Ensemble conducted by Andrzej Kosendiak will bring the audience closer to the work of Kaspar Förster the younger. The world was open to this artist of the Baroque era, and he eagerly used the opportunity to travel, which also influenced the musical language of his works.

Förster was born in Gdańsk in a musical family. His father and his first teacher was Kaspar Förster the elder. Next, the artist was educated in Rome. He was active at the Medici court in Florence, and a few years later he went to Warsaw, where he continued his education with Marc Scacchi. He was also a singer and choir master there. He was said to have a wide-range voice. Another outstanding composer of that time, Adam Jarzębski, devoted a short poem to him in his Description of Warsaw, lauding his German colleague’s versatile talent.

Later, for several years, Förster worked at the court of King Frederick III in Copenhagen. Thanks to his connections and entrepreneurship, he managed to make the local ensemble flourish. The composer led an adventurous life. He joined the Venetian army and in 1657 he took part in battles with Turkey, and for his bravery he was awarded the title of Cavaliere di San Marco. He visited Hamburg and Dresden, constantly learning and assimilating the musical styles encountered during these journeys. Förster was a true cosmopolitan, which translated into the wealth and diversity of his oeuvre. He is believed to have brought the melodic and impressive Italian style to the north, including to Poland.

In addition to the works of the Gdańsk composer, the concert programme also includes a work by Giacomo Carrisimi entitled Jephte. This Italian composer was considered one of the greatest masters of his time. His work was a rich source of inspiration for Förster, who drew from Carrisimi’s form and style to develop his own idiom. This concert will therefore not only be a journey to the sound world of the Baroque era, but also to the musical Europe of those times.

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