Christina Edelen – Harpsichord
Pamela Smits – Baroque cello
"I used to write like the Devil in those days” said G. F. Händel about his youth.
A program with some of the most inventive Italian, German, and French composers from the Baroque Era. Many of them, as composing instrumentalists, were the travelling "rockstars" of the time, but some of them have fallen into oblivion. Is this fair?
Did you know that, in his time, Telemann was held in higher esteem than both G.F. Handel and his friend J.S. Bach? And what IS the difference between Italian Baroque or French Baroque style or playing? Violin virtuoso Geminiani was considered at the time a musical demigod. His nickname Il Furibondo - the madman - was reportedly not only because of his expressive rhythms.. And Santo Lapis was certainly no saint, whose extensive international career also makes one think of Casanova's “escapades".
A regular baroque concert with just traditional repertoire is not for these musicians. Let yourself be surprised by music that is daring, exciting, and groundbreaking, but also elusive, mercurial, and mysterious, and in which the above facts and fables will be explained personally by the musicians.
Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata No. 2 in D major TWV 41:D1, for violin and b.c.*
Sonata Opus 5, No. 1 in A major, for cello and harpsichord
from ‘Sixiême Ordre’ de Pièces de Clavecin;
Les Moissonneurs, Le Gaoüllement and Les Baricades Mistérieuses
Fantasia No. 12 in A minor TWV 40:25, for solo violin
– intermission –
Sonata for violin and b.c. Opus 1 No. 6
Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, for cello and harpsichord
Sonata VII in D minor, for harpsichord solo
Sonata Vi in G minor, for harpsichord solo
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonata ’La Pastorella’ in A major, for violin and b.c.
Georg Friedrich Händel
Sonata Opus 1 No. 13 for vioinl and b.c. in D major HWV 371
*b.c. short for basso continuo with which the accompaniment was indicated.