Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Part of the The Wilderness Pleases - 2021 Season

Add to my Calendar 23-01-2022 19:00 23-01-2022 21:00 36 Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo Due to essential maintenance required in Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, this concert will now take place at Cadogan Hall. ‘The Wilderness Pleases’ is inspired by one of the many influential pieces of work to come out of the Enlightenment era; Shaftesbury’s ‘The Moralists.’ In the book, the main character Theocles describes the terror of encountering a group of crocodiles in an Egyptian desert. After escaping the monsters, he is overcome with a desire to admire them as wondrous creatures of the natural world. He says, ‘let us fly to the vast deserts of these parts […] ghastly and hideous as they appear they want not their peculiar beauties. Wilderness pleases.’ The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment delve into the darker side of the wilderness with ‘Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’ on 23 January featuring bass Trevor Eliot Bowes and OAE Rising Stars alumni Zoë Brookshaw and Bethany Horak-Hallett. Handel’s tragic tale is about two lovers who are being kept apart as servants by a villainous cyclops creature, with its thrilling and varied scoring, the music excites a sense of both determination and helplessness in confronting the natural world. As Handel’s music so often does, this concert challenges our understanding of order and fairness and delivers us to a supernatural world of poetic possibilities. Cadogan Hall, London DD/MM/YYYY

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5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
England


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Prices: £10 - £80

Programme


Performers

– Bass
– mezzo-soprano
– Soprano


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Programme Note

Due to essential maintenance required in Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, this concert will now take place at Cadogan Hall.

‘The Wilderness Pleases’ is inspired by one of the many influential pieces of work to come out of the Enlightenment era; Shaftesbury’s ‘The Moralists.’

In the book, the main character Theocles describes the terror of encountering a group of crocodiles in an Egyptian desert. After escaping the monsters, he is overcome with a desire to admire them as wondrous creatures of the natural world. He says,

‘let us fly to the vast deserts of these parts […] ghastly and hideous as they appear they want not their peculiar beauties. Wilderness pleases.’

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment delve into the darker side of the wilderness with ‘Demons in the Bath: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’ on 23 January featuring bass Trevor Eliot Bowes and OAE Rising Stars alumni Zoë Brookshaw and Bethany Horak-Hallett.


Handel’s tragic tale is about two lovers who are being kept apart as servants by a villainous cyclops creature, with its thrilling and varied scoring, the music excites a sense of both determination and helplessness in confronting the natural world. As Handel’s music so often does, this concert challenges our understanding of order and fairness and delivers us to a supernatural world of poetic possibilities.

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