Fire Burning in Snow – Toledo

Sunday, 21 May 2017 9:00pm

Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo


Ex Cathedra Consort & Baroque Ensemble

Jeffrey Skidmore conductor


‘For fire burning in snow is the effect of love’. The final line of Juan de Araujo’s Dime, amor gives this concert its title and conjures up the passion and dramatic contrasts which make it such a delight. Araujo (1646–1712) has been described by many commentators as the greatest Latin American composer of the age, although much of his output is only rarely performed. His music is rhythmically arresting and wonderfully evocative with much indigenous imagery.


Austere on the outside, flamboyant within, the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes was founded by the all-conquering ‘Catholic Kings’, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, who united Spain in the 15th century. Built to celebrate their defeat of Alfonso V of Portugal in 1476, it was originally intended as their mausoleum too, which explains the richness of the decoration and the unusually spacious layout. Its double-height cloister is the prettiest in the city, and is planted with myrtle, cypress, orange, and pomegranate.


We are delighted to give this concert as part of Toledo: A Festival of Spanish Music, a tour organised by Martin Randall Travel. Tickets for the concert are only available to those booked onto the tour.


You can listen to excerpts from this programme and buy our CD here.

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