Joy is at the essence of music of the Baroque style in Europe (1600 – 1750) and its grand manner encompasses a diverse range of genres and styles across almost two centuries. The Baroque style of music has an overriding interest in the potential of the melodic line and it can and will often inspire the listener through superb rhetorical dialogue and sublime technical virtuosity.
The word derived from various Hispanic words denotes ‘a misshapen pearl’ although perversely the connotation is meant to indicate something inherently beautiful, bizarre and extreme, all of which are features of Baroque music.
Under the Rotunda in Brisbane’s City Hall for the Brisbane Baroque Festival 2015 there will be five recitals, five soloists and ensembles playing @5pm from Monday – Friday 13 – 17th April, entry $5 cash at the door.
A unique innovation by Brisbane Baroque directors Leo Schofield AM and Jarrod Carland who imagined this specialist festival of music first in Hobart, the [email protected] series is now being offered for the Brisbane Baroque Festival 2015
The concerts are CAPRICES FOR CELLO, Monday 13 April, BAROQUE BOUQUET Tuesday 14 April, BAROCCO ITALIANO Wednesday 15 April, THEME and VARIATIONS Thursday 16 April and EXCELSIOR FIREWORKS Friday 17 April, all at 5:00pm
The recitals are a simple accessible way for everyone to enjoy and experience special performances by Australian artists and support the growth of the newly established Brisbane Baroque Festival.
You can gain an introduction to Baroque music’s bold harmonic forms or simply revisit your favourite aspects of its repertoire interpreted by emerging musicians or seasoned performers and enjoy the dynamic and breathtaking ambiance of Brisbane’s newly restored grand concert room under the ‘rotunda’ in City Hall.
CAPRICES FOR CELLO will introduce Brisbane residents and visitors to the young award winning Australian cellist William Hewer.
William played to much acclaim at MONA in Hobart during the 2013 festival. Here he has elected to perform the eleven Capricci for solo cello by the prolific composer and virtuoso cellist Joseph Marie Clément Ferdinand Dall’Abaco (1710-1805).
Joseph Marie Clément Dall’Abaco was one of four children and made his name as a cellist with a long career of some renown.
His father Evaristo was appointed Konzertmeister of the newly reconstituted court orchestra in Munich and sent his son to Venice to further his musical education.
On his return Joseph became director of the court chamber orchestra and a councillor to Clemens August I of Bavaria at Bonn. This was a position, which allowed him the freedom to perform in other European centres including London.
In the spirit of the new ‘galant’ he composed works that retained the gravity of the early Baroque and its complimenting expansive melodic style inherited from his father.
BAROQUE BOUQUET features Tasmanian countertenor Nicholas Tolputt accompanied by leading Brisbane organist Christopher Wrench.
Recently gaining the generous support the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, Nicholas was coached by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky.
He has recently received the Glover Music Trust Scholarship, which he intends to use to help fund higher education in Europe.
Nicholas has chosen a program of songs by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, London based German composer Georg Frideric Handel, England’s Henry Purcell and Christoph Willibald Gluck, a German composer of Italian and French opera championed by Marie Antoinette
Christopher Wrench Director of music at Christ Church, St Lucia in Brisbane has had a distinguished career in music and has when playing the organ, a ‘perfection of execution that is jaw dropping’, one I have experienced with great joy many times.
BAROCCO ITALIANO features my favourite early music groups from my time in Brissie, The Badinerie Players.
They were among the first groups in Australia to play on period instruments and spread the joys of the Baroque. Musicians and audiences around the world now eagerly respond to authentic performance and these players have been happy proponents of this approach for some years
A leading exponent on the glorious viola da gamba Michael O’Loghlin, plays alongside Wayne Brennan on baroque violin, Margaret Connolly on violin, Nicky Tomkin on viola and Chen Yang, a baroque violinist and viola player.
THEME and VARIATIONS will introduce cellist Katherine Philp and pianist Alex Raineri presenting a program of musical curiosities, including Katherine playing Bach’s sonata No. 1 for solo cello and Alex playing keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.
Katherine is cellist with The Camerata of St John’s, is a group unique in that it has seventeen core string players. Since their inception in 2005, the Camerata is the only professional chamber orchestra in Queensland, and one of the busiest ensembles nationally.
Award winning soloist Alex Raineri has a passionate interest in keyboard music.
At 21 he has already enjoyed many superb experiences playing with the Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and Queensland Pops Orchestra, performance tours of California, South-East Asia, Germany and a vast amount of engagements in Australia.
Seasoned performers the mighty Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band and British trumpeter Martin Winter will be sure to raise the Rotunda in City Hall at Brisbane when playing Music for the Royal Fireworks Georg Friderich Handel’s all time favourite.
This concert will feature additionally, the outstanding British trumpeter Martin Winter as soloist in Jeremiah Clarke’s famous suite in D, which contains the great trumpet voluntary.
This is a suite composed for wind band, which celebrated the end of the War of the Austrian Succession and signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748.
Handel was King George III’s favourite composer providing suitable music for all the important occasions of the Kings’ reign and his fireworks was first played to accompany a grand pyrotechnic display in London’s Green Park on April 27, 1749.
It has remained a great favourite, because it is such a joyous work both in the concert hall and beyond.
It will be sure to raise the Rotunda and people’s spirits and send them soaring into the night.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015
In Association with QPAC
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64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane