Boston Baroque: New Directions, "Monologues"
March 29, 2014
From the Baroque to the Contemporary. An opportunity to explore and create synergy from opposing sides of the musical spectrum. Monologues will present the World Premier of Pearlman's Finnegans Wake: An Operoar (Act 3), in addition to music by Handel and Bach.
Last year, Martin Pearlman's setting of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake was premiered to great acclaim, and this year, we premier a new act of the same work: a passage from Anna Livia's famous monologue that ends the book. Handel's gripping soliloquy by Agrippina, the mother of the emperor Nero, portrays her emotions as she is condemned to die, torn between hatred of Nero, the tyrant who has ordered her death, and love of Nero, her son, whose career she advanced by murdering her own husband. Finally, a monologue for unaccompanied violin, Bach’s glorious first sonata played by Boston Baroque concertmaster Christina Day Martinson.Complete program:
Pearlman - Finnegans Wake: An Operoar (Act 3) WORLD PREMIERE
Paula Plum, actress as Ana Livia
Bach - Sonata No. 1 in G minor for unaccompanied violin
Christina Day Martinson, violin
Handel - Agrippina condotta a morire HWV110
Julianne Gearhart, soprano