Eine Kleine Renaissance Music at the Prince’s Castle

Schloss Detmold

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Although we have a wonderful, vibrant  music scene  across all genres in Australia and New Zealand, it’s impossible to stage a recital or concert in a 600 year old castle – the performance may be of equal quality, however the ambience and sense of real history is impossible to replicate.

Last night (late June), I was treated to a wonderful renaissance music recital /  concert at the Prince of Lippe’s residence in Detmold and yes, the current Prince was in attendance. I often find my fellow Aussies and Kiwis are surprised to find royalty still acknowledged in Germany, I suspect due to the fact that our formative years were so British centric – most baby boomers (myself included) were taught very little of European history and have little knowledge of German post-war social reconstruction.

Armin, Prince of Lippe, (Leopold Ernst Bruno Heinrich Willa August Fürst zur Lippe)  was born in Detmold on 18 August 1924 and is the son of Leopold IV and his second wife, Princess Anna. For those who like history, the Prince is the first cousin of Prince Bernhard, consort of Queen Julianna of the Netherlands, who abdicated  in favour of her son in 2004.

Back to days of future passed, the Prince’s ancestor, Simon VI, was a great supporter of music in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and in honour of that, the music played was from that era, including compositions by a local composer of the period. The concert was held in the wonderful Ahnensaal – The Hall of the Ancestors – with the music played and sung by students of the Detmold Music Academy, the evening was organised by the Lippe Philharmonic Society, with Professor Dr. Sabine Meine giving detailed background information to the works and composers.

The programme featured works by:

Marco Uccellini  (+1680), violinist and composer

Johann Grabbe (1585 – 1655), organist and composer

Giovanni Battista Riccio (1620), organist, violinist and composer

Alessandro Grandi (1586 – 1630),

Heinrich Schutz (1585 – 1672)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)

I’ve photographed the performers names from the programme , rather than listing them all (see the photo gallery) and mention must be made that not only are the students in final study mode, renaissance music is not their normal forte. On that basis alone, the performances would be considered superb, it really was an utterly captivating evening, something special.

Detmold (northern Germany) is a beautiful city and  after the concert, taking full advantage of the late evening summer light we strolled around the park lands and moat surrouding the castle, taking a picture or two, before returning home to Lage for ‘Evening Wine Upon the Terrace.”

http://www.philharmonische-gesellschaft-owl.de/

http://www.stadtdetmold.de/touristinfo.html

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