Mysteries – joyful and sorrowful
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
In the preface to his 1662 publication, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer proclaimed: “Music is a delight of gods and men, an exercise of devotion and an emblem of human virtues… it serves both as pious adoration as well as renewal for the human spirit.” Indeed, Schmelzer’s music and that of and others of his 17th century contemporaries (Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Jakob Froberger, Philipp Friedrich Böddecker and Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde) clearly bridges the divide between sacred and profane, and in a variety of thought-provoking ways. This program of intimate works composed for the imperial chapels and courts of the Hapsburg empire is chosen to be both uplifting and ravishing.
Ingrid Matthews – baroque violin
Joëlle Morton – bass viol
Matthew Girolami – G violone
Sara-Anne Churchill – harpsichord and organ
Tastes – old and new
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
In 1713 the Parisian composer François Couperin said: “I candidly confess that I like better what stirs my emotions, than that which astonishes me for its virtuosity” and he further exhorted players to base their playing and musical decisions on ‘modern good taste.’ For this program, the music of two very different time periods are paired, with substantial works by Couperin juxtaposed with late 20th/early 21st century Canadian pieces for period instruments by Peter Hannan (Vancouver), Grégoire Jeay (Montreal) and a brand new score by Edmonton native, Terri Hron. Regardless of its origin, these works are all in excellent taste and share richness and refinement, elegance and sophistication.
Terri Hron – recorder and composer
Joëlle Morton – viola da gamba
Katelyn Clark – harpsichord
Diversions – great and small
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
A favourite student of Mozart and serious rival to Beethoven, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was one of the greatest keyboard virtuosi of his day in early 19th century Vienna, and an avid proponent of the newfangled fortepiano, which he claimed “allows the performer to impart every possible degree of light and shade, speaks clearly and promptly and has a round, flute-like tone.” For this program of music by early Romantic visionaries, we’ll pair Hummel’s imaginative and inventive Quintet op. 87 with two quirky and charming salon showpieces written in 1824: the Duetto for cello and bass by Gioachino Rossini and the Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert.
Elizabeth Loewen Andrews – classical violin
Matthew Antal – classical viola
Joel Tangjerd – classical cello
Joëlle Morton – contrabasso
Andrea Botticelli – fortepiano