The title The World is a Lute references the original words of the Baroque author, composer and musician Johann Beer, who used the instrument as a metaphor for an often dissonant world, on the one hand, and the relationship between religion and religions on the other. For them, it takes constant listening, tuning, and correcting for the strings on an instrument to combine to create a harmonious mosaic of sound that is always charged with tension. The mosaic for this program combines music by Rameau, Cantemir, Lully, Purcell and others as well as anonymous Sephardic and Ottoman music with texts from the Baroque to the present and combines changing religious, geographical and historical perspectives. What they have in common is a mystical view of the world, sometimes tongue in cheek.

Tobias Moretti – Speaker
Armonico Tributo
Julia Moretti – oboe, oboe d’amore
Brigitte Täubl – baroque violin
Thomas C. Boysen – baroque lute, guitar, theorbo
Ewald Donhoffer – harpsichord
Charlie Fischer – percussion
Lorenz Duftschmid – viola da gamba


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