Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: The Lover

ABO-Théotime-Langlois-de-Swarte-photo-by-Marco-BorggreveThe Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will be led by international Guest Director and French Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte in his Australian debut for their next concert series, The Lover.

Featuring a sensual pasticcio of pieces from the 17th century, the program culminates in a dazzling violin concerti, with Théotime leading the Brandenburg strings as soloist. The concerts will take place at Sydney’s City Recital Hall from 1 – 16 September, and the Melbourne Recital Centre from 7 – 10 September.

One of the most promising violinists of his generation, at just 27 years old Théotime Langlois de Swarte is already a seasoned recitalist and chamber musician who has performed at prestigious venues all over the world.

Captivating audiences since his early teens, Théotime is a core member of several Baroque ensembles, including his own period ensemble Le Consort, with harpsichordist Justin Taylor.

Most notably, he is a member of the internationally renowned Les Arts Florissants, under the direction and mentorship of the esteemed American-French conductor and harpsichordist William Christie.

For his Australian debut in The Lover, Théotime has co-curated a beautiful and explosive pasticcio of pieces from the 17th century alongside Paul Dyer. Designer Trent Suidgeest returns to collaborate with the Brandenburg, as they explore three different dimensions of love (melancholy, desperate love and hopeful love) with a baroque harp, violins, lutes and theorbos sharing the spotlight in the haunting first act.

The second half brings a breathtaking climax of virtuosity with Théotime leading the Brandenburg strings as soloist and Guest Director. The repertoire is drawn in part from Théotime’s acclaimed debut album The Mad Lover, replete with ornate and refined sonatas mixed with ebullient suites.

“We feel especially privileged to be joined by Théotime Langlois de Swarte in what is sure to be a rare and riveting appearance by such a prodigious international talent,” said Co-founder and Artistic Director, Paul Dyer.

“Bringing his fearlessness and passion to the stage, we can’t wait for audiences to experience a seductive and resonant soundscape of music from around 1700, presented in contemporary theatrical settings and with stage design by our acclaimed frequent collaborator Trent Suidgeest.”

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: The Lover
City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
Dates: 1, 13, 15 & 16 September 2023

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall – Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt Street, Southbank
Dates: 7, 9, & 10 September 2023

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Image: Théotime Langlois de Swarte – photo by Marco Borggreve