JOEL SANDELSON, CONDUCTOR
7 April 2018, 7.30 pm
St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Wond’rous Machine explores the birth of the orchestra in France and England in the later seventeenth century, seen as an awe-inspiring new institution at the time. Dances by Lully written for Louis XIV’s court musicians at Versailles exude precision and majesty to the rhythms of French verse. The unanimity and power of the French style found its way to England, and Purcell’s great ode Hail, bright Cecilia, written in praise of the patron saint of music, isolates a particular instrument with each movement and revels in its sonorities through a dazzling array of styles.
Wond’rous Machine’s ambition is to produce inspiring events, which place familiar music in illuminating historical contexts. Future projects will include Lully’s ballet music for Louis XIV in its natural alliance with the dance of the time; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas performed alongside courtly masques and entertainments; reconstructing the original programmes of Haydn’s sensational London concerts of the 1790s; and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in a staging true to its roots in the commedia dell’arte.