Did you know that King George II, King of Great Britain, had a composer at his court whose job was to write music for all his birthdays and for every New Year?
This makes us wonder: what music did the kings and queens of old listen to? We look at the English crown, one of the oldest monarchies in the world, in an exercise that revisits some of the most important and beloved compositions in history, written specifically to be enjoyed by the kings of their time, such as Handel's famous Water Music, or Beethoven's variations on the tune God save the King.
GEORG FRIEDRICH HANDEL (1685 – 1759)
Alla Hornpipe from the Suite in D Major by Water Music
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
Triumphal march of Tarpeja
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
Overture of The Shepherd King
WILLIAM BOYCE (1711 – 1779)
Ode to the New Year 1752
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813 – 1901)
Aida: Triumphal March - arranged by Richard Ling
EDWARD ELGAR (1857 – 1934)
JOSEPH STRAUSS (1870 – 1938)
Polka Ohne Sorgen
Rui Baeta, Host
Henrique Constância, Conductor
Orquestra do Algarve
Auditório Carlos do Carmo
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Henrique Constância was born in 1997 on the island of São Miguel, Azores, where he began his musical studies. He studied cello at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, in the class of Paulo Gaio Lima, and later at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Gideon den Herder. As a cellist, he played in several music groups such as the Sphere Quartet, Bruma Ensemble, and Os Músicos do Tejo. He is a founding member of the Mankes Piano Quartet, with which he regularly performs on national stages, in the Netherlands, and in the USA.
His training in orchestra conducting includes the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Italian Conducting Academy in Milan, mentored by conductors such as Ed Spanjaard, Antony Hermus, and Gilberto Serembe. As an assistant conductor of the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa and Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, he had the opportunity to perform on stage in various parts of the country. Under his leadership, JOP premiered "Between Trees" (2021) by Norwegian composer Kristine Tjøgersen and performed at the Konzerthaus in Berlin at the Young Euro Classic festival (2022).
Henrique Constância is the Artistic and Pedagogical Coordinator of the Festival and Academy Cidnay International Masterclass Series, based in Santo Tirso, which includes the participation of acclaimed national and international musicians.
Rui Baeta, baritone, began his musical studies at the Algarve Regional Conservatory Maria Campina and later at the National Conservatory in Lisbon. He has a degree in Singing from the Lisbon School of Music and obtained a specialist title from the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. He developed his artistic improvement in Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, Fondation Hindemith, Switzerland and Academie Francis Poulenc, France. With the pianist Paulo Pacheco he won the First Prize of Young Musicians - Chamber Music Superior Level. At the age of 18 he joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Choir where he stayed for about 10 years and started his career as a solo singer. Currently, he interprets a vast repertoire in opera, oratorio and recital, developing his artistic career in the main halls of the country and abroad, with orchestras such as the Algarve Classic Orchestra, North Classic Orchestra, Beiras Classic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Porto, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata de Lyon, Camerata do Concertgebouw, Metropolitana, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, among others.
Besides several recordings made for the Portuguese Radio Television and its various channels, he recorded on CD the Missa Grande by Marcos de Portugal and the operas: As Variedades de Proteu by António Teixeira, O Regresso da Norma, O Corvo, A Tabacaria, As Flores do Mal by Luís Soldado and O Manifesto Nada, by António de Sousa Dias.
He has been a juror on the programmes All Together Now 2021 TVI, Operação Triunfo 2010 RTP, and a singing teacher on the programmes Factor X and Ídolos on SIC 2015, for the films Variações and Fada do Lar, for journalists from CNN Portugal and CMTV, at the University of Évora, the School of Drama and Film, the Companhia Olga Roriz, the D. Maria II National Theatre and to distinguished statesmen. In 2019, the year in which he receives the Gold Medal of the City of Faro, he founded the Community Choir of the Orquestra Clássica do Sul of which he is coordinator and vocal coach. At present he integrates the artistic direction of the Orchestra.