Spotify list by Tom Goossens

Enjoy ear­ly music year-round with the playlists by MA Festival on Spotify, put togeth­er espe­cial­ly for you. Each month we present to you a playlist with known music and new dis­cov­er­ies. These are put togeth­er by musi­cians and spe­cial­ists from with­in the MA Family.

The next playlist was put togeth­er by Tom Goossens, the young direc­tor of DEDAPONTETRILOGIE that will will play at MA Festival on 10 August.

MA Festival asked me to com­pile a list of my favorite Spotify tracks that have a link with baroque music. Since my DESCHONECOMPANIE is a guest at MA Festival with the the­atri­cal per­for­mances of DEDAPONTETRILOGIE, I was guid­ed in my choice by the cri­te­ri­on of the­atri­cal strength”. I chose four­teen pieces of music, dat­ing from Shakespeare’s time to Ane Brun’s today. It is music that would not let go of me from the first moment I heard it and that often express­es a spe­cial the­atri­cal sit­u­a­tion: a lover of Jupiter who admires her­self in a mag­ic mir­ror that makes her look pret­ti­er, or two men in dis­guise being intro­duced to a cham­ber­maid. Other arias man­age to con­vey more rec­og­niz­able feel­ings, from which I, as a lis­ten­er, draw com­fort. In an oboe-con­cer­to com­pos­er Marcello does so even with­out words.
Personally, I like Mozart’s last operas the most, but in his young work I real­ly enjoy the best of both worlds’: his first steps in clas­si­cism, com­bined with what he took with him from baroque music. I select­ed an aria from his ear­ly opera Mitridate that takes a remark­able step towards many lat­er arias such as Smanie impla­ca­bile from Così fan tutte and D’Oreste, d’Ajace from Idomineo.
For enter­tain­ment, I col­ored a lit­tle more out­side the time­lines of the Baroque, from the Norwegian singer-song­writer Ane Brun singing Monteverdi, to a sur­pris­ing aria by a Rossini who seems nos­tal­gic for the Baroque, and a lost Puccini melody in a song by the American jazz singer Della Reese.” — Tom Goossens

Listen to the playlist here.