The baroque period saw revolutionary advances in our understanding of the universe. Astronomers, physicists, heretics, mystics, all striving to make sense of space and time. In the midst of this uncertainty emerged music of great optimism, of clear and vivacious beauty. In the exhilarating musical company that only a festival can provide, our cast of soloists bring classic sonatas and concertos to life. Music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Telemann, Buxtehude, Marcello performed by Paolo Pandolfo, Eduardo Egüez, Neal Peres Da Costa, Marshall McGuire, Thomas Gould, Brendan Joyce, Caroline Henbest, Daniel Yeadon, Kirsty McCahon, Jane Gower, Genevieve Lacey.
Georg Fredric Handel (1685-1759): Organ Concerto in B-flat major, Op.4 No.6 HWV294: Andante allegro—Larghetto—Allegro moderato Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Trio Sonata in F major, BuxWV 252:Vivace—Lento; Allegro—Adagio; Andante—Grave; Presto Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739): Sonata in F major:Largo—Allegro—Largo—Presto Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Viola da gamba Sonata in D major, BWV1028: Adagio—Allegro—Andante—Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Lute Concerto in D major RV93: Allegro—Largo—Allegro Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767): Concerto for Recorder and Viola da gamba in A minor, TWV 52:a1:1:Grave—Allegro—Dolce—Allegro
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Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. Commissioned work supported by the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle.
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque guitar Jane Gower, Baroque bassoon Genevieve Lacey, recorder Marshall McGuire, baroque triple harp Thomas Gould, violin Brendan Joyce, violin Caroline Henbest, viola Daniel Yeadon, cello Kirsty McCahon, double bass Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord & chamber organ
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba
Paolo Pandolfo constant effort is to build bridges between the Past and the Present, always bringing in his performances, together with rigorous philological interpretation, spontaneous and immediate life. He is convinced that the patrimony of ancient music combined with renewed improvisation skills can be of powerful inspiration for the future of the western musical tradition.
Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque guitar
One of the world’s foremost lute players, Eduardo Egüez has performed as soloist in venues and festivals all over the world. Mr Egüez has recorded 5 solo albums featuring music by J.S. Bach, S.L. Weiss and R. de Visée. He leads the Ensemble La Chimera, and has conducted several operas, among them Torrejón y Velazco’s La púrpura de la rosa and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
Jane Gower,Baroque bassoon
Jane specialises in historical bassoon performance, ranging from the 17th century dulcian to early 20th century instruments. She plays as principal bassoon with Europe and Australia's leading ensembles, also often as a soloist, using her vast collection of original bassoons. Highly active in chamber music, she founded the quartet "island", and directed festivals in the Barossa Valley, SA.
Genevieve Lacey, recorder
Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people. She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.
Marshall McGuire, Baroque triple harp
Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading harpists in contemporary and baroque repertoire, Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. He has performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and the Australia Ensemble.
Thomas Gould, violin
British violinist Thomas Gould has forged an unusually varied career that encompasses directing, leading, playing concertos, chamber and new music, and also working in jazz and other non-classical genres. He has performed in Australia extensively before as guest director of ACO Collective and guest principal 2nd violin in ACO, soloist with WASO, and on tour with the UK’s Aurora Orchestra.
Brendan Joyce, violin
Brendan Joyce is Violinist, Leader and Artistic Director of Camerata--Queensland's acclaimed chamber orchestra, based in Brisbane. He curates the ensemble’s renowned programming and his leadership of Camerata has been described in The Australian as “indefatigable”, having led its first recordings, tours, broadcasts, residencies and collaborations. In 2013 he was named by the Queensland State government as a Culture Champion.
Caroline Henbest, viola
Caroline is based in Melbourne and is on the resident faculty at ANAM where she teaches the viola and chamber music. As a performer, she can regularly be heard around Australia including at the Stradbroke Island, Music By the Springs and Townsville Festivals. Caroline is a part time member of the ACO.
Daniel Yeadon, cello
Daniel Yeadon is exceptionally versatile as a cellist and viola da gamba player and is a passionate chamber musician. He is currently a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in addition he enjoys a part time role as a performer and educator in the ACO.
Kirsty McCahon, double bass
Bass player, educator, curator, environmentalist, mother and passionate advocate for the arts. Kirsty’s artistic practice is inspired by the universal language of the arts across old and new forms. From the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, to the Brodsky Quartet, to the Australian World Orchestra, and collaborations with luminaries such as David Malouf and Elena Kats-Chernin, Kirsty is recognised as one of Australia’s finest with a Churchill Fellowship and a Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.
Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord & chamber organ
Neal Peres Da Costa is Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A world-recognised performing scholar, his publications include Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP, 2012), Brahms’s Duo Sonatas for Bärenreiter (2015/16) and numerous commercial recordings. Recipient of an ARIA Fine Arts award (2008), he is chief investigator in an ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019).
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