Concert Series 1:
Melancholy & Mirth

CANBERRA: Friday 22 February 2019, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave

SYDNEY: Sunday 24 February 2019, 3.00pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music

Early baroque music, much of it composed for the church, was often melancholy in character and meditative by nature. The gradual increase of separation between sacred and secular music opened new opportunities for composers to write purely for entertainment - such as Thomas D'Urfey’s “pleasant and divertive”set of songs, “Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy” (1698). This concert extends beyond Baroque entertainments to include Classical Mozart, both father and son. Leopold (in the 300th year of his birth) is represented by his witty Toy Symphony, while Wolfgang’s celebrated Magic Flute is reimagined for the Csakan (the ‘walking stick’ recorder) in an arrangement from 1793 by Franz Ehrenfried, who was keen to capitalise on its extraordinary popularity.

Program:
Pietro Antonio Locatelli - Concerto à quattro in E flat major Op. 7 No. 6
Nicola Matteis - Ground after the Scotch Humour
José Pla - Sonata in D minor
JS Bach - Siciliano from Concerto for oboe d'amore in D major BWV 1053
Leopold Mozart - Cassation in G for Orchestra and Toys
Domenico Cimarosa - Concerto in C for Oboe
Simon Fraser - Caledonia’s Wail for Niel Gow
WA Mozart - Arias from The Magic Flute, arranged for Csakan
Hugh Ashton - Hugh Ashton's Maske
Carlo Farina - Capriccio Stravagante
Anonymous - Romanian folk tune Fa nyé mama

Musicians:
Sally Melhuish, Recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder
Jane Downer, Baroque Oboe
Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin
Annie Gard, Baroque Violin
Stephen Freeman, Baroque Viola
Tim Blomfield, Baroque Cello
Steven Machamer, Percussion
Monika Kornel, Harpsichord


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