Thoroughbass, one Australia’s finest early music ensembles, presents the latest musical treat when their trio performs on Sunday 26 March as part of the popular Prelude in Tea concert series at the spectacular - and acoustically perfect - Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
The last-Sunday- of-the- month chamber music series has been a runaway success, offering a scrumptious afternoon tea from 2:30 as a prelude to an afternoon concert at 3:30 from some of Australia's most exciting musicians. Music, food and drink… an irresistible triple treat!
This month’s recital at the Independent Theatre, on Sunday 26 March, features acclaimed trio THOROUGHBASS: Anna Fraser (soprano), Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). They present an all-Handel program featuring both instrumental and vocal delights from the composer’s youthful years.
Thoroughbass is an early music ensemble whose members play period instruments, but – by their own admission - who have trouble staying in the past! Established in 2009 by director and harpsichordist Diana Weston, the group loves to perform contemporary music as much as old - giving new sounds to music of the present and recent past, while staying true to its early music background. The result is varied, innovative and original programming that dares to step outside the expected square.
Stimulated by the atmosphere of the patrons who encouraged and supported him, Handel produced vast quantities of cantatas during his youthful days in Italy. Though not regularly performed today, they often formed the basis of arias within his much more well-known operas and oratorios. Together with sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord suites from this period, they demonstrate the bounty of the young Handel’s fertile imagination.
The program (all works by Georg Friedrich Handel) features:
Sonata No. 6 in D min for viola da gamba & basso continuo | Parti, I’idolo mio | Suite 15 in d min for harpsichord Zeffiretto, arresta il volo | Sonata No. 2 in D min for viola da gamba & basso continuo Suite X in d min for harpsichord | Numi eterni! (Lucrezia)