We are pleased to announce that we will present a big concert at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele in April 2022, featuring music from the golden age of the Mannheim Court under the regin of Karl Theodor. Included are pieces by Cannabich, Fils, J.C. Bach, Schweitzer, Jomelli, and Majo.
While Mannheim today is a relatively typical industrial city in southwest Germany, as the former capital of the Electorate of the Palatinate, it was regarded in the 18th century as a new “Athens on the Rhine.” This was due in part to the efforts of its ruler, Karl Theodor, who, unlike his many contemporary rulers who invested their treasury in war-making and territorial expansion, invested heavily in arts, culture, and sciences in this new golden age. Karl Theodor’s orchestra was comprised of excellent virtuosos who performed as soloists in Europe’s musical capitals belonged. Leading figures such as the long-time concertmaster Christian Cannabich and the cellist Anton Fils, who died young, excelled as composers and brought out in their works the advantages of the orchestra, which seemed to others, such as Johann Christian, the youngest of the Bach sons, like a sound arcadia. Anton Schweitzer’s successful opera Alceste saw its best performances here. Niccolò Jommelli, a celebrity during his lifetime, retooled his Arcadia conservata for Schwetzingen. A visit so inspired Francesco di Majo that he wrote the opera Alessandro for Mannheim.
Anton Fils 1733 – 1760
Simphonie périodique a piu stromenti No. 8 in G
Niccolò Jommelli 1714 – 1774
“D’an van timore d’un vanti moreil freno”, from “Arcadia conservata”
Johann Christian Bach 1735 – 1782
Sinfonia concertante in B flat major
“Anime , che provate “-” Queste selve gia d’amore “, from” Amor vincitore ”
Gian Francesco de Majo 1732 – 1770
” Mio ben, ricordati “, from” Alessandro ”
Anton Schweitzer 1735 – 1787
»Zwischen Angst und Hoffen«, “Alceste”
Christian Cannabich 1731 – 1798
Symphony No. 50 in D minor