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Europa Galante and Nardus Williams: Nature's Voice

Wednesday October 11, 2023 at 19:30
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
£15-£55 | £7.50-£27.50 concessions
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  1. Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269, from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi
  2. Suite, from The Fairy Queen Z 629 - Henry Purcell
  3. Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315, from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi
  4. Like clouds, stormy winds them impelling, from The Triumph of Time and Truth HWV 71 - George Frideric Handel
  5. Finche d'un Zeffiro Soave, from Ezio HWV 29 - George Frideric Handel
  6. Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293, from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi
  7. Da tempeste, from Giulio Cesare HWV 17 - George Frideric Handel
  8. Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297, from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons' Op 8 - Antonio Vivaldi

One of the world’s greatest Baroque orchestras, Europa Galante is joined by the winner of the Rising Talent award at the 2022 International Opera Awards, Nardus Williams, in Music at Oxford's 40th Anniversary season opening concert. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons features across the programme with Handel and Purcell arias interspersed between each movement.

The evening celebrates the sound of nature and inventively explores how composers depict the seasons within their music. Europa Galante will be led by founder and conductor-violinist Fabio Biondi, described by The Guardian as a virtuoso ‘beyond reproach’. This is a welcome return for the ensemble to Oxford after they first performed with us back in 2002, and whose interpretation of The Four Seasons has garnered almost mythical status.

This event is part of the Everything is Connected Season organised by the University of Oxford’s Humanities Cultural Programme.

Europa Galante is acknowledged as among the world’s best. Their performances and recordings are notable as much for their flare and vivid originality as for their meticulous attention to interpretative detail and precision of the ensemble.‘ The Guardian

[Nardus Williams] sings her two arias with a knockout combination of melting vulnerability and lustrous ardour. In the sort of show that will gather pep as the run continues, she is already fully launched.‘ The Times

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