Symphony No. 33 in B flat major
Cantata Arianna a Naxos
Non più di fiori, Aria of Vitellia from La clemenza di Tito
Symphony No. 85 in B flat major The Queen
Rondo Deh per questo istante solo and Aria Parto, ma tu ben mio of Sesto from La clemenza di Tito
The “Vingt-quatre Violons du Roy”, which was established in 1626 under Louis XIII, played a significant role in festivities and official occasions at the French court. It was after this group that the Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie named his chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy, founded in 1985 – an exquisite and sparkling ensemble devoted to Classical and Baroque repertoire with historically informed performances on modern instruments: “My strings,” says Labadie, “always carry three bows with them, ‛transitional bows’ for the music of Haydn and Mozart, Baroque bows for the music of Bach, Handel and Telemann, and of course modern ones for the music that was composed later. It is truly remarkable how changing them alters the sound of the orchestra, as it allows the phrasing and slurs the composer intended to appear quite natural.” For their debut concert at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie will perform Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 in B flat major La Reine (which is said to have been a particular favourite of the French Queen Marie Antoinette) and Mozart’s Symphony in B flat major K. 319. They will also accompany Magdalena Kožená in Haydn’s cantata Arianna à Naxos – a work in which all the forms and emotional richness of Italian opera are employed to express emotional extremes – and the equally dramatically-charged arias “Non più di fiori”, “Deh, per questo istante solo” and “Parto, ma tu ben mio” from Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito.