Annabel Knight – Recorders, baroque flute
Robin Bigwood – Harpsichord
Reiko Ichise – Viola da Gamba
A programme of beautiful, nuanced chamber music from eighteenth century France, including music written for the private chambers of Louis XIV and XV at Versailles, and for the more adventurous Parisian salon. Includes gloriously decorative yet deeply emotive Suites and Sonatas for flutes, harpsichord and viola da gamba by Marais, Blavet, Chedeville, Couperin and Forqueray.
The Berlin Bach
An exploration of the extraordinarily dynamic music for flute, gamba and harpsichord by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, court musician to the famous flute-playing king of Prussia, Frederick the Great. As well as works by Emanuel himself, the programme includes music by members of his musical circle JJ Quantz and Benda, as well as that of his illustrious father, Johann Sebastian, and of his inspirational godfather GP Telemann.
The Georgian Music Room
Music by the most fashionable composers of the early eighteenth century, as performed in the elaborate country houses and elegant salons around Britain. Sonatas and musical amusements for flutes, recorders, gamba and harpsichord by both home-grown and more exotic composers including GF Handel, J Stanley, A Corelli, CF Abel, the ‘London’ (JC) Bach and JC Pepusch.