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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Sounds of Christmas go Baroque!

A festive event at the MICHAEL CACOYANNIS FOUNDATIONfeaturing Baroque Concertos for Recorder, Flute, String Ensemble and Basso Continuo by J.S. BACH, A. VIVALDI, G.F. HAENDEL and G.Ph. TELEMANN
Soloists:
NATALIA GERAKIS - flute & DIMITRIS KOUNTOURAS - recorder
Texts – Narration: ANNA SAKALIS
String Ensemble:
FANI VOVONI - violin, ANASTASIA MILIORI - violin, ANGELA YANNAKI - viola,
IASON IOANNOU - violoncello, DIMITRIS TIGΚAS - double bass,
MARKELLOS CHRYSICOPOULOS - harpsichord

The so-called "gentle" recorder, Flauto dolce in Italian, and the transverse flute, Traverso - or else German flute, because German musicians used to show a predilection for it - were very popular in the High Baroque, namely the first half of the 18th century. Both flute types, Dolce & Traverso, inspired great composers of that time to write a considerable number of concertos for solo flute, usually accompanied by a string ensemble and harpsichord.
The famous "imperial" Ouverture from J.S.Bach' s second orchestral suite, the "mysterious" night and the "lyrical" goldfinch of the Concertos La Notte and Il Gardellino by A.Vivaldi, three "tender" Menuets from the Water Music by G.F.Haendel, as well as G.Ph.Telemann' s double concerto in E minor, are only a few of the magical baroque compositions for the Flauto dolce & Flauto traverso.

Programme:

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)Ouverture from the Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor,
BWV 1067, for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo
Grave-Allegro-Lentement
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)"La Notte" - Concerto No.2 in G minor, op.10 RV 439
for Recorder, Strings and Basso Continuo
Largo, Presto, Largo, Presto, Largo (Il Sonno), Allegro
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)"Il Gardellino" – Concerto No.3 in D Major, op.10 RV 428
for Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo
Allegro, Cantabile, Allegro
GEORG FRIEDRICH HAENDEL (1685-1759)Three Menuets from the Water Music
Menuet I in G Major, Menuet II in G Major, Menuet III in G minor
for Recorder, Strings and Basso Continuo
GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681-1767)Concerto in E minor, TWV 52: e1
for Recorder, Flute, Strings and Basso Continuo
Largo, Allegro, Largo, Presto

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