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EN RONDEAU

 

The program features an imaginary competition between the viola da gamba, the principal instrument in French court thanks to composers such as Marin Marais (“Ballet en Rondeau” from the twelfth book of “Pièces de viole” and “Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris”) and the violin, that originated in Italy and was set to rapidly conquer the whole of Europe. Alongside the more well-known names such as Couperin (“Second Concert in D major from the Concerts Royaux”) and Rameau (“Troisième Concert da Pièces de clavecin en Concert”), works will be performed by lesser known composers who were famous in their time such as Francoeur (“Rondeau from Sonata VI”), Dornel (“Sonata IV La Forcroy)”, and Royer, who was Luigi XVI’s music master, and whose “Marche des Scythes” is proposed.

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 FANTAZIA Albione plays the violaThe program alternates instrumental music of two eminent 17th century English composers, Henry Purcell and Matthew Locke, with the fascinating contemporary recreation of that glorious musical period, conceived by Michael Nyman (1944) as the soundtrack to the famous Peter Greenway film, The Draughtsman’s Contract.

The string quartet as we know it today, two violins, viola and violoncello, did not exist in the time of Locke and Purcell. The Fantasie by Purcell, perhaps destined for private performance judging by their intimacy and composure, were written for a viol consort. The composer melds contrapuntal sapience with the freshness of folk melody and song, resulting in harmonic boldness that surprises even a modern ear. In an inverse procedure, Nyman’s fantasie set in England in 1694 for the Greenaway film convey an old world nuance with hypnotic chordal sequences that betray a sense of irony.

 

HENRY PURCELL (1659 – 1695)

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia 30th of June (4’)

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia 14th of June (4’)

 

Suite from “King Arthur” (8’):

Introduction, Hornpipe, Symphonie,

The Grand Dance

 

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia 19th of June (5’)

 

MICHAEL NYMAN (1944 -)

from The Draughtsman’s Contract: An eye for optical theory (4’)

 

HENRY PURCELL

Pavan & Chacony in sol minore (7’)

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia upon One Note (3’)

 

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia 19th of August (3’)

 

MATTHEW LOCKE (1621 – 1677)

from Twelve duos for two bass viols: Fantazia XI (2’)

 

HENRY PURCELL

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia II à 3 (3’)

from Fantazias and In Nomines: Fantazia 11th of June (4’)

 

MICHAEL NYMAN

from The Draughtsman’s Contract: Chasing Sheep is best left to Shepherds (5’)

 

Luca Giardini, Ayako Matsunaga violins

Rosita Ippolito, Francesca Chiocchi, viole da gamba

 

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