Sunday, 3 October 2010

1685 (sixteen85)

From the exciting and energetic evening with The Magnets to the calm and serenity of Renaissance and Baroque music with 1685 at St Katherine's. The music included Monteverdi, Byrd, Bach, Handel, Telemann and Purcell to name but a few, and quite a few other composers I hadn't heard of. The musical instruments were modern reproductions of original instruments and gave a very different sound from the metal and plastic ones we are more familiar with today. Recorders, flutes, an electronic piano which doubled as a harpsichord and church organ and a viol (a bit like a modern cello but smaller and lighter apparently) were all used with flair and skill. I particularly enjoyed a piece by Marco Uccellini (1610 - 1680) called 'Aria sopra la Bergamasca', which was light, bright and beautiful, and a piece by Purcell (1659-1695) called 'Evening Hymn - now that the sun hath veil'd' which was tranquil and serene but with touches of melancholy. Another thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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