On December 13th, Roubi L’Roubi is hosting an evening of baroque music and champagne. The concert will feature soprano Anna-Maria Rincon, Laurence Cummings and Adrian Butterfield of the London Handel Orchestra and Rachel Brown on flute. Also on the programme are flautist Jane Gilbert and poet Deanna Moss.
The concert will be held at St Ethelburga’s, 78, Bishopsgate, London ec2n 4ag (see map)
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ANNA-MARIA RINCON – BACK TO TRADITION by Silvia Cambié
Soprano Anna-Maria Rincon fell in love with early music in Venice. And it all happened while listening to Vivaldi.
“I went there when I was about 20 and I was beginning to be a musician,” she recalls. “It was as if Vivaldi and Venice were talking to each other through music. His notes convey huge happiness. They can lift your mood.”
Rincon is the mind behind the evening of baroque music that Roubi L’Roubi will be organising in London on 13th December. She will sing five pieces which reflect the richness of the baroque musical universe.
“Crudel Tiranno Amor” is one of Handel’s Italian cantatas. Rincon will sing a new version for harpsichord and voice, which was discovered recently and has never been performed before.
This cantata will be followed by Sweet Bird, a song from Handel’s opera “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato”. “It’s a conversation between a bird and a singer,” explains Rincon. “This is a rather difficult piece. We have chosen it because we will have a flautist performing.”
There will be a third piece by Handel, one of his Nine German Arias. Rincon wanted to have a combination of languages, so she added a rare cantata by Michel Montéclair, an enigmatic French composer of baroque music whose life is almost unknown.
Rincon will then sing “The Plaint” from the “The Fairy-Queen”, a dramatic opera by Henry Purcell written as an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Laurence Cummings, Musical Director of the London Handel Festival will be playing the harpsichord. “We know each other from the time when Laurence was at the Royal College of Music and I was at the Guildhall [School of Music & Drama],” says Rincon. “It was a rather small community and the two colleges would often do concerts together.”
Rincon is passionate about Handel. Her favourite opera is Tamerlano. It is a love story between Tamerlane, ruler of the Tatars, and Asteria, the daughter of the Turkish sultan Bajazet, who was been taken prisoner by Tamerlane. “It has the most moving dying scene at the end.”
The soprano is also fond of “L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato”. This opera, famous for its “Sweet Bird” song, is a study of contrasting moods. Its first two movements are taken from a Milton poem. While “l’ allegro” celebrates the virtues of pleasure, “il Penseroso” sings the praises of melancholy.
Rincon sings mostly early music. “It speaks to people. Early music takes us back to tradition. What makes it special is that it is played by small orchestras in intimate places.”
According to the soprano, a lot of research has been done about baroque music in the past 50 years. “The way it is performed now is what people would have heard in the 18th century. Twenty or 30 years ago, musicians had much less information and did not use original instruments.”
At the December concert, Rincon will be wearing an 18th century dress “with a modern twist” designed by Roubi. “I have worn a pannier before. This was when I was singing in Charpentier’s opera Médée in France. However this time it will be quite different. I will not be a character in an opera. It will be me singing at a concert.”
Roubi has designed evening dresses for Rincon in the past. “They fit like gloves. I don’t have to worry about straps falling down.”
The concert on 13th December will be held at St. Ethelburga’s near Bishopsgate. “It will be like going home,” says Rincon, who during her days at the Guildhall used to sing in churches around the City of London.
The concert will feature soprano Anna-Maria Rincon, Laurence Cummings and Adrian Butterfield of the London Handel Orchestra and Rachel Brown on flute.
After having survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz in World War II, St. Ethelburga’s was destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1993. It has now been reconstructed and serves as a centre for reconciliation
For more details about the concert and how to make a reservation, visit the coming events page for December of Roubi L’Roubi
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