Creating Orfeo with The Toronto Consort

Creating Orfeo with The Toronto Consort


This expresses the universality of the
power of music to seduce and convince and persuade anybody of anything. The Toronto Consort is a group that
specializes in Medieval and Renaissance and early Baroque music here in Toronto
we’re one of the only games in town as it were to hear this kind of music. People who go generally to modern opera
houses they might see baroque opera once in a while but they also might not see
it performed on historical instruments. The main difference between this harp
and a modern harp is that this harp has three rows of strings a modern harp has
one single row. This would be a minor chord D minor. If I want to play the f-sharp
I have to stick my finger actually inside. When you look at it you see it
looks quite different from the one you might have played in grade school if you
look at the finger holes you’ll see that they’re quite a bit larger than you
might be used to, and on the bottom two, there are no double holes so I can still
play chromatic like half steps but I just cover half the hole. He has that
stroke of genius that the great masters all seem to have where they transcend
what is expected. And that’s what’s fascinating with Monteverdi is that he
combines several Renaissance forms and and compiles them into a new work opera
or favela and musica which was a story in music that play in music. In a modern
opera, you just play what the composer has written for you on the page. In
Monteverde I mean he’s not really orchestrating the music he’s giving us a
score the way a Renaissance composer would and giving the players a lot of
freedom. It tells us what chord to play we have to decide where to play it how
to play it. He actually writes embellished versions of some arias and
unembellished versions. It kind of gives you freedom to experiment and be yourself. The sound of the Italian language set to the music
the way Monteverde did was was it’s it goes straight to the heart for me,
it’s just fantastic. This is gonna be the our grand finale for our 45th
anniversary year so we wanted to choose something that was really very special
piece. The subject of the opera is how powerful music itself can be. Orpheus who
is this famous singer songwriter. So he’s been long in love with this girl named
Eurydice and then on the day of their wedding she gets bitten by a poisonous
snake and he resolves to go and get her from the underworld. The wife of Pluto is trying to
convince her husband to allow Orfeo to take your Eurydice back to the netherworld. This is the great thing about Orfeo
that it has such a range of musical styles there are choruses, there are
dances, there are laments, there are moments of great anguish, there are
moments of great calm and peacefulness and it’s all represented in the music.
It’s fantastic. maybe two

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