Nelida Nassar 12.21.2013
Matteo El-Khodr a well-known countertenor on the European scene and to the Lebanese public will reveal part of Beirut Chants a level of musicianship, vocal color and varied repertory predominantly melodies, some sacred and operatic music. Accompanied by a baroque quintet – a violin, two violas, a cello and a harpsichord – as well as a small chorus, he will sing pieces a cappella. El-Khodr will also display a resourcefulness nature, programming music of fascinating variety while choosing the sequence of the pieces to build dramatic structure.
Among the pieces El-Khodr disclosed is the integral cantata Amor Hai Vinto: RV 683 by Vivaldi the maestro di’ concerti dell’Ospedale della Pieta. A cantata in four movements (recitativo, aria, recitative accompagnato and aria) that is remarkable for the inclusion of music parts for strings and one of the most famous of the Venetian master. It has the instrumentation for Voice, Strings and Basso continuo and is known for the vocal acrobatics of its last aria. Adolphe Adams famous Christmas Carol. Adams’ music is characterized by a Gallic charm, whether filtered through the wistful lyricism of the ballet Giselle or the worldly wit of Le Postillon de Lonjumeau (in which he satirized the world of opera). Adams focused his energies on giving his audiences the tuneful, graceful music and vivid theatrical entertainment that they wanted.
What other surprises is El-Khodr preparing for us? Come discover this special musical evening that undoubtedly promises to be a sonorous feast.
December 22, 2013: St Louis des Capucins, Beirut 8.00 p.m.