Suggestive baroque tones in the sign of the kleobskyren
Night and escape. A guest enters, sits down at a table with ceramic mugs and pewter mugs. A chaconne of Henry Purcell accompanying his entrance. He hangs up his throwaway coat, lights the fire in the center of the rectangular wooden table and strengthens himself from the mug. Immediately another man enters, a hunted man who sings and wonders if the dark shadows of the forest remember his sorrow; aria “Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi” from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
On Confidence is the audience scattered around the salon, on stools, cushions or along the walls; silent and curious spectators in the inn. During Peter Spissky’s conducting in front of a septet also music by famous composers such as Vivaldi, Dowland, Bach and Bellmanas well as music by the not quite as famous Biago Marini, Alessandro Marcello and Antonio Lotti.
The two inn-goers, the baritone Carl Ackerfeldt and the countertenor Daniel Carlson, take turns to go through different stages or roles musically and scenically: suspicion, joy, fraternization or introspection about their respective fates. Yes, the action is not completely crystal clear, rather like the clear obscurity the room is immersed in. Certain sections, such as the excerpt from Bach’s cantata “Ich habe genug” (I have had enough), which can be read as a suicide aria, or Bellman’s “Ulla, my Ulla, say may I invite you”, which is purely life-affirming, sets the framework for the dark story.
It’s the atmosphere, how the music detaches itself from the darkness, which creates this performance. Here, it is not just the septet that provides light in the darkness, Ackerfeldt’s characterful baritone and Carlsson’s confident countertenor give the short scenes features of miniature operas, dramatic and slightly secretive scenes that in any case end in the sign of peace.
program title, Cecilia Vespers, brings together the patron saint of music with the entry of night. The festival of confidence runs until August 20 and alongside the main issue Proserpineseveral smaller program items are offered, which are so much larger than their formats.
And the rough one the hour at the inn, yes, of course it ends with the two hikers setting off, each in his own direction. Night and escape.