Kings in the North
Sep 2022


Kings in the North

Music at the time of Margrave Georg Wilhelm | Jarosław Thiel | Wrocław Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 15:00 h
Stadtkirche Bayreuth

Total duration approx. 1h (no break)

Human beings in antiquity regarded the far North as a paradisal and mythical place, where hulking warriors and fiery heroes enjoyed a close relationship with the god Apollo, devoted equally to cultic ritual and art. The eternal ice and scintillatingly cold nights of the North fascinated Baroque artists as well, and from 1700 on a specific Nordic operatic tradition took hold in Hamburg, London, Berlin and Stockholm, which in its musical idiom in parts already anticipated the Romantic era. Particularly Margrave Wilhelm of Bayreuth was a patron of composers of this school; he was just as enthusiastic about this as he was about military and warrior traditions.

The Czech baritone Tomáš Král attires himself in suits of armour and royal cloaks, sets crowns and warriors’ helmets on his head and together with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra under the musical direction of Jarosław Thiel researches the Baroque North. Composers such as Heinichen, Handel, Schürmann, Telemann, Keiser and Ariosti devoted themselves to the fabled heroes of the West Goths, the Lombards and Swedish kings, as did the now almost forgotten Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman. The baritone voice, frequently forced into the persona of an austere priest or cruel adversary, takes front stage here in the far North and fathoms out the human depths of legendary rulers.


Thomas Arne (1710–1778)

Ouverture from Oper Alfred

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
„Tirannia gli diede il regno“
Garibaldo’s aria from Rodelinda

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681– 1767)

Chaconne comique aus Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon

Johann David Heinichen (1683–1729)
„Si teme si freme“
Premislao’s III di Boemia aria from La pace di Kamberga

George Frideric Handel

Courante from Almira

Reinhard Keiser (1674–1739)
„Ich muss schweigend vor dir gehen“
Sigibert’s aria from Fredegunda

George Frideric Handel

Menuett aus Almira

Georg Caspar Schürmann (1672/1673–1751)
„Dich soll der Freiheit Gold bekrönen“
Ludovicus Pius’s aria from Ludovicus Pius

George Frideric Handel

Concerto from Ottone

Attilio Ariosti (1666–1729)
„Questo mar“
Garzia’s aria from La fede ne’tradimenti

Thomas Arne
Ouverture No. 8 from Eight Ouvertures in 8 Parts

Largo – Con spirito

Reinhard Keiser

„Ach! Nero ist nicht Nero mehr! – Erstaune, sichrer Kreis der Welt“
Nero’s aria from Octavia

Georg Philipp Telemann

Intrada from Pastorelle en musique

Georg Philipp Telemann
„Ihr krachenden Klüfte“
Damon’s aria from Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon


Tomáš Král Baritone
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Jarosław Thiel Conductor


The performance of the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra is generously supported by the German-Polish Cultural Association Bayreuth e.V.

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