Pallas Nordica: Music for Queen Christina

August 11, 2021, 10:00 pm

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NeoBarock (Photo: Patrick Essex)

Queen Christina I of Sweden (1626-1689,) one of the most educated women of the Baroque era, gave up her royal throne at the age of 28. Known as “Pallas Nordica”, the Athena or Minerva of the North, she left her native Sweden and travelled across Europe to Rome. She corresponded with and supported Europe’s leading contemporary artists and thinkers, including Descartes, Pascal, and many fine musicians, some of whom we’ll hear performed by the German ensemble NeoBarock. Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert September 7, 2020, in Prague Troja Castle, as part of Nobilitas: Prague’s Summer Festival of Early Music.

Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’ll be able to offer tonight’s program as a stream following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Vincenzo Albrici (1631-1696)
Sinfonia in D minor, for two violins and continuo

Johann Wilhelm Furchheim (c1635-1682)
Sonata in E minor, for two violins and continuo

Johann Schop (?-1667)
Pavana Lachrimæ

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (ca 1620/23-1680)
Sonata for Two Violins and Continuo

Pietro Andrea Ziani (1616-1684)
Sonata a 3

Carlo Farina (ca 1604-1639)
Sonata detta La Desperata

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Sonata in D minor, op. 1/11

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
Sonata for Violin, Two Viols and Continuo

Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747)
Gigue” from Trio Sonata for Violin, Cello and Continuo