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Music in Trakai Castle

Music in Trakai Castle

2012 April 15, Sunday, 16.00
Trakai Castle Great Hall, Vilnius
Music in Trakai Castle

Staged concert Ruota di Fortuna

Vilnius’ legend about Sigismund and Barbara






SERGEJ SIOMIN (lute, baroque guitar; Latvia)

DAGNIJA TUČA (recorder, cornamusa)

BANCHETTO MUSICALE Early Music and Dance Ensemble

Leaders Jūratė Vičienė and Virginija Jašinskienė


On May 8, 1551 the death of Barbara Radziwiłł, Grand Duchess of Lithuania and Queen of Poland, brought to an end her legendary love affair with Sigismund II Augustus. No other ruling couple in Lithuanian history has drawn such a sincere and varied commemoration in artwork.

The early music and dance ensemble Banchetto musicale has interpreted this drama of human relations, the struggle for love, and the loss in its own way. Actual figures do not make an appearance, only those recognizable episodes from history known to us all: the young people making each other’s acquaintance amid the merriness of a court celebration, secret rendezvous, deep and beautiful emotions uninhibited by jealousy, the intrigue that cloaked their secret union and the celebratory coronation of Barbara…

The theme of fate is developed throughout with the performance of 16th century Italian court dances, produced by Banchetto musicale’s first choreographer, an authority on Renaissance-era dance, Barbara Sparti from Rome. She recently discovered the descriptions of certain dances in Italy’s archives and is using them for the first time ever in this programme. The emotions of love and longing resound in the melodies of Italian frottole and the colourful court capella.
Sigismund Augustus and Barbara Radziwiłł’s emotional drama is also revealed in the text written by actress Birutė Mar, her reading of prose by M.K. Sarbievijus, Vladas Braziūnas, and the Song of Songs, as well as citations of thoughts by historian Anelė Butkuvienė and fragments from Barbara Radziwiłł’s letters.

The staged programme’s first dance Ruota di Fortuna sets off the Wheel of Fate, while the procession of the last asserts Love’s victory over Time…

Those who purchased tickets to the April 15th concert, presented by the Musica Humana Chamber Ensemble and soloists, may be admitted with the same tickets for this concert, or return tickets to the National Philharmonic Box Office and receive full refund.


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