Bach, the traveler (The nomadic baroque)
The Bach of Constantinople.
The nomadic Baroque of Jean-Christophe Frisch is used to programs that seek in foreign influences in Western music.
This concert, it's Bach, Diluvio Universale style.
The rivalry between Sweden and Russia for domination of the Baltics has stirred northern Europe for several centuries. In 1707, after deposing the king of Poland, the kingdom of Sweden attacks Peter the Great's Russia. This conflict will end in Ukraine in Poltava, where the Swedes are defeated. Charles of Sweden is exiled to his Turkish ally in Constantinople, but the conflicts between the two Nordic powers will continue for a long time.
This defeat had musical consequences: Johann Jakob Bach, beloved brother of Johann Sebastian, was a musician in the service of the King of Sweden, and therefore followed him in his military movements, and even in exile in Istanbul. It was there that he met a French musician, Gabriel Buffardin, in the service of the King of France's ambassador. Buffardin played a new instrument, the flute, and taught it to Jakob Bach. Back in Saxony, Bach had Buffardin invited to the Dresden court, where he remained for several years.
At the same time, Dimitrie Cantemir, a Romanian musician prince shared his life between the courts of Constantinople and St. Petersburg.
Jean-Christophe Frisch, flutes
Sharman Plesner, Augustin Lusson, violins
Spyros Halaris, qanun
Rémi Cassaigne, colascione, theorbo
Andreas Linos, viola da gamba
Pierre Rigopoulos, percussion
Mathieu Dupouy, harpsichord