London, May 13, 2015
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‘The whole new way of experiencing music ... perfectly created atmosphere.’
‘It was an utterly amazing experience! I enjoyed every moment of the concert.’
‘We enjoyed the concert enormously, both the performances and the very informative talks.
It was a most stimulating evening.’
‘I listened to beautiful music and I learned - what more could you ask from an evening?
Really, it was very special.’
‘Congratulations on the great success of last night’s debut of the Aspect Foundation in NY. Lovely venue, terrific crowd, and lots of wonderful energy.’
‘What a beautiful evening it was! Thank you very much! I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event like this.’
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Handel Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 5 No. 2, HWV 397
Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2 No. 8, HWV 393
Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 1 No. 3, HWV 361
Geminiani Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 4 No. 8
Purcell 10 Sonatas in 4 parts: No. 6 in G minor, Z807
12 Sonatas of 3 parts: No. 6 in C major, Z795; No. 3 in D minor, Z792
Boyce Sonata No. 1 in A minor
Avison Sonata for harpsichord, 2 violins and cello in D major, Op. 8 No. 3
Rachel Podger director/violin
Illustrated talk by Richard Wigmore
In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries London was the most vibrant and cosmopolitan musical centre in Europe. Alongside music for theatre and chapel, a rich tradition of chamber music developed, whether for performance at court or in private salons. Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque, together with speaker Richard Wigmore, celebrate Baroque London’s musical pre-eminence in a programme of string sonatas ranging from Purcell’s intricate, inward-looking sonatas in 3 and 4 parts to the breezy tunefulness of William Boyce and Thomas Arne. En route they take in a flamboyant sonata by the expatriate Italian virtuoso Francesco Geminiani, and two captivating trio sonatas by Handel, the German émigré who inherited Purcell’s mantle as ‘England’s own Orpheus’.
ASPECT FOUNDATION FOR MUSIC AND ARTS is a non-profit organization registered in New York under registration number 45-51-25