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Phoenix Collective Presents Concert #2: The Baroque Bizarre

Source: Phoenix Collective
Archived 30 Jun 2019 - Posted: 1 May 2019
Phoenix Baroque Trio with the lovely ‘Old Sounds’ harpsichord
Performed by The Phoenix Baroque Trio, this concert will highlight the quirky, intoxicating and virtuosic nature of the Baroque: great works by master composers BACH and VIVALDI, and just as impressive works by lesser-known composers CASTELLO, BIBER and SCHMELZER.

This is an eclectic program exploring the realms of tone colour, experimentation and virtuosity. Featured in this concert are a newly restored Tyrolean violin (c1750) set up with gut strings; a French violin (c1850) with scordatura set-up and crossed strings for Biber’s Resurrection Sonata, all tuned at A 415 Hz. This presents an intriguing contrast to the second half, played on a Cremonese Italian violin (2009) and tuned at A 440 Hz. Also featured is the Central Coast Conservatorium’s French double manual harpsichord by Australian maker, Carey Beebe.

This concert invites comparisons between different instruments and contrasts playing styles and period performances of the 17th and 18th centuries and the more romanticised 19th and 20th centuries.

Program: The Baroque Bizarre

  • D. Castello - Sonata Prima à sopran solo for Violin & Continuo
  • H.I.F Biber - Sonata Rosary (Mystery) Sonata No.11 - The Resurrection, Original Manuscript
  • T. O’Carolan - Si Beag Si Mor Traditional Irish Air
  • J.H Schmelzer - Sonata Quarta (No.4) in D Major from Sonatae Unarum Fidium for Violin & Continuo
  • Interval
  • Vivaldi - Sonata for Violin, Cello & Continuo in C minor RV 83
  • J.S Bach - Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in A BWV 1015
  • Vitali - Chaconne for Violin & Continuo (violin part arr. Charliér) Harpsichord & Cello part arr. Phoenix Collective

Dan Violin & AD Phoenix Collective, Opera Australia Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Coast Opera Australia-Concert Master, Kammerphilharmonie Köln:

‘There’s nothing quite like the sound of the harpsichord, and Baroque music in general. What a time! Such experimentation and freedom and the formation of the harmonic language we know today. I’m very excited to bring this exceptional program to the concert stage.’

Dan Russell, AD & Violinist, Phoenix Collective

... Russell achieves an exquisite translucence in his violin’s upper register. ..
John Shand, Limelight Magazine

Christian Harpsichord, Accompanist and Performance coach, Barbican Theatre Co. & London Extemporary Dance, Aeon Chamber Ensemble, Australian Ballet Body Torque:

‘Baroque music balances my emotions: light and dark, happy and sad are expressed with such appeal and clarity. The harmonies and melodies can be intensely moving and always delightful. It’s music designed for pleasure. I really enjoy working with Dan as he has great feeling for this music.’

Christopher Cello, BMus Perf (Hons), MMus. The Sydney Bach Society, The Metropolitan Orchestra, The Quay Quartet, St. Leonards Music Academy Recital Series, 2019 commission Andrew Batt Rawden.

‘As a string player, Baroque music has always been a core part of my repertoire. I love the profundity of Bach, and while long drawn to the energy and excitement of Vivaldi however, Biber, Schmelzer, Vitali and Castello are composers into whose music I have yet to delve. I look forward to expanding the scope of my Baroque understanding with these lesser-performed composers as well as revisiting the indisputable giants of the period. This will be my first time performing with Phoenix Collective, and I’m very excited to share the stage with my new colleagues Dan and Christian, two musicians of such high calibre.’

Phoenix Collective Concert #2: The Baroque Bizarre


Sunday 12 May 2019

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church, Cnr Johnston and Collins St, Annandale

Book tickets online or phone 0402 544 016

Central Coast

Sunday 19 May 2019

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Greenway Chapel, 460 Avoca Dr, Green Point

Book tickets online or phone 0402 544 016

Adults $35 | Concession $28 | Students $15 | Family $86

This article archived 30 Jun 2019

The Newly acquired ‘c1750 Tyrolean violin’ gut crossed strings and scordatura.
French double manual harpsichord by Australian maker, Carey Beebe.
Dan Russell (Artistic Director & Violin)
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