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

 

Programme:

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO (1703-1741)
Première Lamentation du Jeudi Saint
De Lamentatione Jeremiae – Defixae sunt in terra – Sederunt in terra – Defecerunt prae lacrimis

Willem de FESCH (1687-1761)
Sonata V, op. 2
Largo – Alla breve

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO
Seconde Lamentation du Jeudi Saint
Lamed – Mem – Prophetae tui – Samech – Plauserunt super te – Jerusalem convertere

Willem de FESCH
Sonata II, op. 1
Largo

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO
Toisième Lamentation du Jeudi Saint
Aleph … Beth – In tenebrosis – Jerusalem convertere

Willem de FESCH
Sonata VI, op. 1
Sarabande Largo – Gavotte Allegro

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO
Troisième lamentation du vendredi Saint
Incipit oratio – Hereditas nostras – Patres nostril … Jerusalem convertere

Willem de FESCH
Sonata IV, op. 2
Largo – Vivace

Joseph-Hector FIOCCO
Libera me Domine
Libera me Domine – Quando Caelis movendi sunt – Libera me Domine – Dies illa – Requiem Aeternam – Kyrie Eleison