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From the Grand Tour 2009-2010 concert programme:

The Grand Tour was a custom, which started in the second half of the seventeenth century. It was thought of as a rite of passage for wealthy young men to travel across Europe, giving them the chance to experience different cultures, view famous works of art and hear certain types of music long before these cultural peculiarities themselves transcended borders. Before the advent of steam travel, these trips could take several months or even years.

SOSPIRO’s Grand Tour is a series of four short concerts allowing our audience the chance to sample music originating from different European countries during this golden age.

With the Tour complete, it would be well to reflect on the places, sounds and ideas visited on our cultural tour of Europe. The season was structured around the idea of the Grand Tour (Wikipedia: Grand Tour), a rite of passage involving travel to the cultural centres of Europe. You can revisit the places and composers we visted on our interactive map (Google Maps: Link)

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19 June 2010, 7:30pm
St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Leith, Edinburgh

SOSPIRO’s Grand Tour is a series of four short concerts allowing our audience the chance to sample music originating from different European countries during this golden age. Tonight’s performance showcases offerings from Italy.

SOSPIRO is proud to present this concert as part of the Leith Festival 2010.

C MONTEVERDI

Beatus Vir

A VIVALDI

Cello Concerto in G Minor RV 416

G HANDEL

Nisi Dominus HWV 238

F DURANTE

Magnificat

B GALUPPI

Concerto a quattro in D Major No. 3

G PERGOLESI

Confitebor tibi, Domine

A VIVALDI

Domine ad adiuvandum me festina RV 593

7 August 2010, 7:30pm
St Michael & All Saints’, Tollcross, Edinburgh

SOSPIRO’s Grand Tour is a series of four short concerts allowing our audience the chance to sample music originating from different European countries during this golden age. Tonight’s final performance showcases offerings from Germany.

J S BACH

Der Herr denket an uns BWV 196

J PACHABEL

Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan

D BUXTEHUDE

Der Herr ist mit mir

G TELEMANN

Overture in G major TWV 55: G7

J S BACH

Aus der Tiefe rufe ich BWV 131

15 May 2010, 7:30pm
St Michael & All Saints’, Tollcross, Edinburgh

SOSPIRO’s Grand Tour is a series of four short concerts allowing our audience the chance to sample music originating from different European countries during this golden age. Tonight’s performance showcases offerings from France.

A CAMPRA

Messe de Requiem

J LULLY

Overture from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

M-A CHARPENTIER

Te Deum

 

27 March 2010, 7:30pm
St Michael & All Saints’, Tollcross, Edinburgh

SOSPIRO’s Grand Tour is a series of four short concerts allowing our audience the chance to sample music originating from different European countries during this golden age. Tonight’s performance showcases offerings from England.

W BOYCE

Symphony I op.2, no.1

H PURCELL

I was glad (Anthem for the Coronation of James II)
O sing unto the Lord Z44

J BLOW

God spake sometime in visions

G HANDEL

Let God arise HWV256a

Sospiro Baroque