A European Grand Tour

On these Grand European Tours, the great musical centres of London, Versailles, Dresden and Venice were the first stops of their journey.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket director/harpsichord
Nadja Zwiener violin

London: Arne Overture to The Judgement of Paris
Versailles: Rameau Suite from Les fĂȘtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour
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Venice: Tartini Violin Concerto in B minor, D. 125 ("Lascia ch'io dica addio")
Dresden: Zelenka Simphonie a 8 ZWV 189

Taking a 'gap year' might be in vogue for today's younger generations, but for the young nobles and aristocrats of the 17th and 18th centuries, setting off to experience the sights and sounds of continental music, art and culture, was an important part of their upbringing. On these Grand European Tours, the great musical centres of London, Versailles, Dresden and Venice were the first stops of their journey.