Concert 2:
Avison's Essay

SYDNEY: Wednesday 23 May 2018, 7.30 pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Conservatorium of Music

CANBERRA: Friday 25 May 2018, 7.30 pm
Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave

 

Of the first and lowest class are Vivaldi, Tessarini, Alberti and Loccatelli, whose compositions … are only a fit amusement for children; nor indeed for these, if ever they are intended to be led to a just taste in Music.” Charles Avison, 1752

Charles Avison never strayed far from his home town of Newcastle but he was familiar with the music of many European composers. As a composer, organist, teacher, concert manager and champion of the music of Domenico Scarlatti, Avison composed a very fine set of concerti grossi based on Scarlatti’s keyboard works. However, he is perhaps best remembered for his controversial Essay on Musical Expression, the first music criticism published in English.

Program:
Carlo Tessarini - Overture in D Major from Op. 4 La Stravaganza
Jean-Philippe Rameau - Aria Formons les plus brillans concerts
Antonio Vivaldi - Aria Sonno, se pur sei sonno
Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto in G minor RV 577
Georg Frideric Handel - Aria No, più soffrir non voglio
Johann Adolph Hasse - Aria Vede il nocchier la sponda
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Adagio from Concerto in G minor
Giovanni Bononcini - Sinfonia (from Oratorio Il Giosuè 1688)
Antonio Caldara - Aria In lagrime stemprato il cor qui cade       
Johann Christoph Pepusch - Sonata No. 2 in F major
Georg Frideric Handel - Cantata Augelletti che cantata
Charles Avison - Concerto Grosso No. 3 in D minor

Musicians:
Myriam Arbouz, Soprano
Sally Melhuish, Recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz, Recorder
Jane Downer, Baroque Oboe
Matthew Greco, Baroque Violin
Rafael Font, Baroque Violin
Stephen Freeman, Baroque Violin
David Rabinovici, Baroque Violin
Valmai Coggins, Baroque Viola
Tim Blomfield, Bass Violin
Monika Kornel, Harpsichord
Colin Milner as Charles Avison

 

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