Academy of Ancient Music - New Worlds: The Enchanted Forest

Wednesday 27 October 2021
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Handel weaves spells, Rameau dances with gods, and Francesco Geminiani creates a whole enchanted forest on this magical history tour with Laurence Cummings and the Academy of Ancient Music.

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Flying horses, seductive witches and aerial ballets for goddesses, Graces and the very
elements themselves. Welcome to baroque theatre – where storylines were fantastic,
effects were spectacular and composers like Handel and Rameau became conjurors,
summoning entire supernatural worlds of magic and illusion.
Hear the sorceress Alcina bewitch the heroic Ruggiero, while dreams come to life and dance
in Rameau’s Dardanus. And then plunge deep into The Enchanted Forest of Francesco
Geminiani – an extraordinary pantomime-ballet, created in Paris 1754, that uses a supersized
orchestra (and a supercharged imagination) to tell a tale of knights, wizards and
monsters. An evening of words and truly enchanted music: surrender to its spell…
Handel Overture & Dances from Alcina
Rameau Suite from Dardanus
Geminiani The Enchanted Forest
Zoë Waites narrator
Nick Harrison narrations (author)
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings director & harpsichord


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Approx. 2h