'A Salon Opera'

"Was it a vision, or a waking dream?

            Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?"

During the 18th century, highly popular operas were often reproduced and performed at domestic settings. Fair ladies and gentlemen performed together for entertainment as well as a part of courtship, with the similar theatrical elements of love and death in the intimate salons.

Flauguissimo Duo presents flute and plucked string music of court dances and opera scenes from the 18th century, from the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera Orfeo ed Euridice to the sentimental songs of Franz Schubert.

The pleasures of the Flute King'

King Frederick the Great has been renowned for his love of both war and music. As an accomplished flautist himself, he composed numerous pieces for flute and played concerts everyday at his glamorous court of Potsdam, gathering many talented composers and instrumentalists, such as J.J. Quantz, J.S. and C.P.E. Bach. Even the King’s sister Princess Anna Amalia was well-known for her musical talents, though she lost the chance to be the bride of Swedish Crown Prince Adolf Frederick to her less-talented sister Louisa Ulrika. In this programme, Flauguissimo celebrates the marvelous “Flute King” with magnificent pieces by amazing talents related to his court.

'The English and French Gardens'

Nature has long been a great inspiration for composers for generations, especially since the age of the Enlightenment, when the vogue of birdsongs and portraits of flowers are at their height.

Flauguissimo Duo presents a selection of flute and theorbo music by French and English composers from the Baroque period, including pieces by Oswald, Basanti, Hotteterre, de Visee and Couperin.

'Les goûts réunis'

The French Masters & Styles United

 The splendid French court of Versailles had an enormous influence on all aspects of European cultural life. From delicate ornamentations to extravagant ballets scenes, the French style prevailed musical life far beyond the French borders. At the same time, artist and musicians coming together with ambassadors also brought in other styles and fashions into this glamorous melting pot of urban Paris and the court of Versailles. In this programme, Flauguissimo celebrates not only the ostentatious French music in its original form, but also follow the trail towards an international style in which the grand French dances meet a flaming Italian virtuosity!