Weekend of 16th and 17th August, 2014 is the Strathvea Festival, held in the Strathvea Guest House in the glorious Yarra Valley, Victoria. During this weekend presenting performances on period instruments will be a focus, with three concerts exploring the Baroque and the Classical eras through music and poetry.
The Australian Haydn Ensemble will be in residence; players are Skye McIntosh – Violin, Matthew Greco – Violin, James Eccles – Viola and Anthony Albrecht – Cello
Stylus Fantaticus will start the festivities on Saturday afternoon, offering a fine selection of music with works by German born composers Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), and Johann Rosenüller (1619-1684), as well as the Austrian violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Bibern (1644-1704). He was one of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument.
Combining music and wine tasting provided by Thousand Candles, a very innovative winery, which values both people and ideas. Their first vintages debuted in 2013 and the audience will imbibe free of charge. William Downie the winemaker is known for his silky savoury Pinot Noir. He was Gourmet Traveller Young Australian Winemaker 2006. He manages the Thousand Candles project, the vineyards part of a property previously belonging to 19th century opera diva Dame Nellie Melba.
Saturday night at 6:45 pm three string quartets are sure to delight. Composed in 1772 the String Quartet op 20 no 5 of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) is his most emotionally fervent and full of drama. Haydn’s Op. 20 is composed of six masterpieces, conceived as an integrated set that became a formidable achievement in the history of music. They are playing number 5. Then there is the String Quartet K from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and, the String Quartet op 5 no 1 from Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789), one of six he composed,
Special guest actor John Wood will perform with The Australian Haydn Ensemble for the final concert, Sunday 3pm. They are combining classical poetry readings with music by Mozart and Haydn, as well as work by Germany’s genius Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), one of the most loved of the ‘Romantic’ era.