Ensemble to perform chamber music at local church

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Ensemble Chaconne will perform chamber music from 18th century London at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Church of the Good Shepherd.


From Staff Reports

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ensemble Chaconne will treat the audience to a dazzling tour of chamber music treasures from 18th century London performed on instruments of the period at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

The concert will feature masterpieces by Handel and Vivaldi, favorites of Londoners during the first half of the century, and selections by other great European composers who settled in London later, such as J. C. Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel — the last great viola da gamba virtuoso — famed oboist Johann Christian Fischer, illustrious violinist Felice de Giardini and lutenist/harpsichordist Rudolf Straube, a favorite student of J.S. Bach.

“This concert offers the community a rare opportunity to hear music from the late 17th and 18th centuries performed on the instruments for which they were written. Early music sounds great on modern instruments, but is so much more exciting when played on instruments from the period,” said Lawrence Goering, organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Good Shepherd. “Perhaps this is the first time that an 18th century English guitar will be heard live in performance in Rocky Mount. I hope that many will join us to experience an evening of fantastic music from long ago.”

Ensemble Chaconne is comprised of Peter H. Bloom on baroque flute, Carol Lewis on viola da gamba and Olav Chris Henriksen and baroque lute and English guitar.

The concert will showcase the English guitar, which was popular in 18th century London but rarely heard today, with baroque flute, viola da gamba and baroque lute. Repertoire will include Vivaldi’s famous D Major lute concerto, Handel’s Sonata in A minor (Hallenser Sonata #1), Che ciascun per te sospiri by J.C. Bach, Fantaisie for English guitar by Straube, solos for viola da gamba by Abel, Trio V in C major by Giardini, and Sonata IX by Fischer.

Founded in 1985, Ensemble Chaconne concertizes internationally, with tours in England, Ontario, and across the United States. The group has been acclaimed for “virtuosity, balance and charm” by the The Portland Press Herald and praised for “vitality and character…style and verve” by MusicWeb International. Ensemble Chaconne has performed at London’s National Gallery, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency at Davidson College, the Edison Theatre in St. Louis, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Yale Center for British Art, to name a few.

Ensemble Chaconne records on the Americas Musicworks label. Their CD “Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays” has been called “a must have” by Alabama Public Radio, “a rich musical experience” by The Concord Monitor and “the perfect Elizabethan evening” by The Portland Press Herald. The disc is available at cdbaby.com/cd/ensemblechaconne