Concert 1:
Musical Letters

SYDNEY: Wednesday 1 February 2017, 7.30pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music

CANBERRA: Friday 3 February 2017, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave

“You, shameful compatriot! How can you bring your heart to let me roast in uncertainty over a slow fire, wondering whether you have received my manuscript…?” (CPE Bach to his publisher, 1784)

Letters between composers from the Baroque period have provided us with a mine of information about life and music, revealing JS Bach’s cantankerousness, the charming friendship between Handel and Telemann, and Johann Fasch’s desire to develop a music-sharing network. For more than 25 years Fasch organised an “exchange of musical compositions” between cities across Germany, allowing for the cross-fertilisation of styles and access to additional performance repertoire.

CPE Bach - Concerto in D minor for harpsichord
Handel - Suite No. 3 in G major from Water Music
Quantz - Trio in F major Op. 3 No. 6
Vivaldi - Concerto in B flat major RV 367, Allegro
Fasch - Sonata à quattro, FaWV N:G1
Matteis - Diversi Bizzarrie Sopra La Vecchia
Steffani - Ciaccona in F major
JS Bach - Adagio from Trio sonata No. 1 BWV 525
Telemann - Concerto in B flat major TWV 54:B2

Sally Melhuish, Recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder
Theo Small, Baroque Flute
Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin
Rafael Font, Baroque Violin
David Rabinovici, Baroque Violin
Anthony Donovan, Baroque Violin
Valmai Coggins, Baroque Viola
Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello
Monika Kornel, Harpsichord
Colin Milner, Narrator

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