Фото Helsinki Early Music Festival (c) Aleksandra Renska

Bacchus / Vin divin - Helsinki Early Music Festival

Hämeentie 68, 00550 Helsinki
Music Theatre Kapsäkki

The Helsinki Early Music Festival is offering a breathtaking way to close out Saturday evening, combining French Baroque music with domestic wine tasting

The Helsinki Early Music Festival is offering a breathtaking way to close out Saturday evening, combining French Baroque music with domestic wine tasting. Bacchus, the host of the evening, was the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Dionysus, who was the god of the consumption and cultivation of wine, the performing arts, intoxication and ecstasy. In French Baroque cantatas and pastoral operas, the Bacchus character often encouraged the twists and turns of love with the help of wine. Bacchus and Amor were quite an inseparable pair in musical representations; after all, love needs good food and drink to flourish.

The concert features excerpts from these charming celebrations of wine drinking, as well as some French and Finnish folk songs in which the relationship between Bacchus and drunkenness is a bit rougher. It is well known that drinking wine can cause very contrasting atmospheres, from a boisterous festive mood and happiness to melancholy and passing out. In this concert, music is used to work through these feelings. It might even be possible to enjoy a glass of Bacchus’ nectar at the same time!

Animated by this divine juice

all my genius bursts

I feel the flow of this good wine,

Madrigals and cantatas

of the great Quinault, the great Lully,

I erase the memory;

I have all the fire of Corelly

In my drinking songs...

Saillie-Bacchique d’un Poête-Musicien, from the songbook Recueil d’airs sérieux et à boire de differents auteurs (1719)

Anon. - Boismortier - Boyer - Clérambault - Lully - Marais - Trad.

Jussi Lehtipuu, baritone

Anthony Marini, violin and direction

Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord and direction

Encanto House Band

Duration: 1 hour (no intermission)

9.10. at 19.00-20.00 

Music Theatre Kapsäkki,Hämeentie 68 

Tickets 20€/30€/50€ , lippu.fi

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