A Beautiful Object, shining new light on an old treasure (harpsichord)

A Beautiful Object, shining new light on an old treasure (harpsichord)

Wednesday, 17 May 2023, 7.30pm

BACH CLUB SOLOISTS, dir. Pawel Siwczak
with musicians from Britten Sinfonia:
Thomas Hancox, Flute
Peter Facer, Oboe
Tbc, Clarinet
Jackie Shave, Violin
Caroline Dearnley, Cello
Pawel Siwczak, Harpsichord

Purcell, arr. Britten, arr. Siwczak Chacony in G Minor
Héloïse Werner A Beautiful Object (world premiere)
Dodgson Sonata for Four
de La Guerre Unmeasured Prelude for harpsichord
De Falla Concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello

This concert centres around A Beautiful Object: the harpsichord, with a new work of that same name by a rising figure on the contemporary music scene, composer Héloïse Werner. Auspiciously absent at the start, the harpsichord is introduced with music of its main era, in an arrangement that links its celebrated past to the present. With Héloïse’s piece, then follows an exciting journey of discoveries. Stephen Dodgson’s Sonata has beautiful serenadelike character, with its last movement a nod to the harpsichord’s illustrious past, guiding us back in time again to one of the Unmeasured Preludes by French Baroque composer Élisabeth Claude Jacquet de La Guerre. The evening finishes with one of the most famous contemporary harpsichord concertos to date.

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Published by baroquepawel on 7 February 2023

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