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Phoenix Collective #2 The Baroque Bizarre

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Sun 19 May 2019
Parking Available, Public Transport, Toilet on Site, Disabled Facilities
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Experience the quirky, intoxicating and virtuosic nature of the Baroque.

Performed by 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.

Dan Russell, Artistic Director and Violinist said, “There’s nothing quite like the sound of the harpsichord, and Baroque music in general”.

Harpsichordist Christian Lillicrap responded with, “The harmonies and melodies can be intensely moving and always delightful - it’s music designed for pleasure”.

In his first performance with Phoenix Collective, cellist Christopher Bennet added, “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 – Biber, Schmelzer, Vitali and Castello are composers into whose music I have yet to delve.”

This is an eclectic program exploring the realms of tone colour, experimentation and virtuosity. “I’m very excited to bring this exceptional program to the concert stage”, said Dan.

Featured in this concert is a newly restored ‘c1750 Tyrolean violin’, set up scordatura with gut and crossed strings for Biber’s ‘The Resurrection Sonata’. This creates a fascinating comparison to the second half, which will be played on a 2009 violin from Cremona, Italy.

Built by Carey Beebe, the French double-manual Harpsichord is on tour, courtesy of Central Coast Conservatorium of Music. The instrument was purchased by music lovers of the Central Coast as a result of funds raised from The Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music – an initiative of Ruth and Peter Donnelly, now under the leadership of local violin doyen Charmian Gadd.

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 & 1907/1937 Edition
J.H Schmelzer - Sonata Quarta (No.4) in D Major from Sonatae Unarum Fidium for Violin & Continuo


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

The Baroque Bizarre Concert is supported by the Central Coast Conservatorium and NSW Government under the Regional Conservatorium Grants Funding.
Greenway Chapel, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point
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