Anna Bachleitner (voice), Eleonora Biscevic (flauto traverso), Lukas Hamberger (violin), Giulio Tanasini (viola da gamba), Melanie Flores (harpsichord)
In the straits of Hellespont, Leander stands ready to see his secret lover Hero - a priestess of Aphrodite - on the island of Sestos throw himself into the waves of the sea. But as he takes to the waves at night, a storm breaks, with sky-high lashing waves and abysmal darkness. Hero catches sight of the stranded corpse of his beloved and throws himself from a tower to his death, to be happily united with him...
The French composer Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749) set this scene to music and created from it a cantata for one voice with a small ensemble, which he published in his second volume of Cantates francoises in 1713. In this concert, with the cantata as the centerpiece, supplemented by instrumental pieces by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a kind of "mini-opera" is created - an opera salon.
Ensemble Grenade was founded in Basel in 2018 by five young musicians who met while studying together at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Comprised of members from four European countries - Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria - the ensemble is particularly concerned with giving a voice to a rarely performed repertoire, that of French cantatas of the 17th and 18th centuries. With the instrumentation of violin, viola da gamba, flauto traverso, harpsichord and voice, highly interesting, tonal worlds can be discovered.
In 2019, Ensemble Grenade won a concert appearance in the Schola Cantorum's in-house 4 Seasons Competition at the Diapsalm concert series
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