The wonderful music of the Belgian composer Joseph-Hector Fiocco (1703-1741), who held positions as musical director in Antwerp and Brussels, is not very well known. His nine Leçons de ténèbres relate to the French style on the one hand but are also firmly rooted in the Italian style of Vivaldi and his contemporaries on the other. The Book of Lamentations comprises some of the finest and most expressive poetry in the Old Testament. The Lamentations were celebrated in the Nocturns and also the Matins on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Belgian ensemble Scherzi Musicali, which is not new to us, has already devoted much time and energy to Fiocco’s music and earned international acclaim in the process. The conductor Nicolas Achten not only plays the harpsichord, lute and harp but also accompanies himself as a singer, as was the practice in the Renaissance and the Baroque. An evening of rapturous beauty.

Scherzi Musicali
Dir: Nicolas Achten