Sound the Trumpet



‘Outstanding virtuosity on the part of both instrumentalists and singers, coupled with a sense of theatre, invested this superb music with great emotional intensity.’ The Age

Ludovico’s Band is one of Australia’s most dynamic Baroque bands acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The combination of multiple plucked string instruments with soaring violins and a rich bowed bass creates a unique and exotic sound world.

After the last official castrato, Alessandro Moreschi retired in 1913, audiences thought they had heard the last of the high male voice. Then in the 1960s singers such as Alfred Deller began to develop the falsetto range of their voice, and the modern-day answer to the castrato, the ‘counter tenor’, was born. Melbourne’s own countertenor Maximilian Riebl soars to the heights of 17th-century song, as he joins Ludovico’s Band in a program of favourite works by Purcell, Handel and Blow.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludovico’s Band


Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas
Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335
Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328
O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406
The Fairy Queen, Z.629

George Frederic Handel
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17

Henry Purcell
O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z.504
The Fairy Queen, Z.629
Chacony in G minor, Z.730

Henry Purcell, John Blow
3 Elegies for Queen Mary

John Blow
Ah heav’n! what is’t I hear

Henry Purcell, John Blow
An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell


This production is part of the following series:

Southbank Series 2019

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series brings talented artists from across Australia to Melbourne for audiences to enjoy in the best place to hear.