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Friday 17 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

Claire Lefilliâtre
Ensemble La Fenice
Jean Tubéry

soprano

cornetto & director

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'Il canto degli Uccelli' - The Song of the Birds

Ensemble La Fenice

Cornettist Jean Tubéry and his polished ensemble take a ramble through the countryside, enjoying and reflecting the music of the world's greatest natural songsters. The wide-ranging programme includes a vividly avian assortment of vocal pieces and instrumental works by Monteverdi, Quagliati, Pesenti, Frescobaldi, Merula, Van Eyck and Marini, among others, and ends with Etienne Moulinié's Concert des différents oiseaux.

'Radiant virtuosity of a kind that is seldom encountered.'
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Tickets £28, £22, £15, £10
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Friday 17 May, 9.30pm
Lufthansa Late
St John's Smith Square

Garth Knox
Agnès Vesterman

viola d'amore
cello

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 Listen to Garth Knox and Agnès Vesterman performing a traditional piece Black is the colour arr. by Garth Knox (1m 40s):

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D'Amore

Garth Knox
Agnès Vesterman

Hume
Ariosti
Knox
Purcell/Dowland
Trad. Irish
Knox
Marais

A Pavin
Prima Lezione
Malor me bat (after Ockeghem)
Music for a While/Flow My Tears
Black Brittany
Viola Spaces
Les folies d?Espagne

The viola d'amore is one of the most eerily beautiful and seductive instruments of the Baroque period. Garth Knox - a former member of the Ensemble Intercomtemporain and Arditti String Quartet - is joined by cellist Agnès Versterman in a late-night programme atmospherically mixing Baroque works by the likes of Marais, Hume, and the 18th-century viola d'amore virtuoso Attilio Ariosti with modern-day compositions and improvisations.

'Quite simply one of the most outstandingly magical discs I have heard. The two instruments merge into some kind of enormously expanded viola da gamba.'
Gramophone

Tickets £15 (unreserved)
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Watch Garth Knox and Agn├Ęs Vesterman perform "Folies" by Marin Marais