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‘Tis nature’s voice: Les Élémens

Academy of Ancient Music

Photo of a frog on a tree trunk

Cuckoos, nightingales, flood tides and a big bang, as Laurence Cummings conducts the Academy of Ancient Music in a virtuosic celebration of nature and music – baroque style. 

For the composers of the 18th century, nature wasn’t an optional extra: it was an everyday reality. So of course, it found its way into their music too, and this delightful concert finds frogs and toads invading a concerto, wind instruments turning into songbirds (both caged and wild) and composers in Venice and Hamburg putting to sea on the tides of harmony. 

In short, all of nature is here, in music that’s alternately playful, touching and elemental in its ingenuity and power. Laurence Cummings directs soloists from within the AAM, and begins with arguably the most astonishing natural wonder in all baroque music: the ear-tingling chaos with which Jean-Féry Rebel opens his suite Les Élémens. Music that was ahead of its time then – and more timely than ever today. 

This performance will end at approximately 9.30pm, including an interval.


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