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Friday 20 May, 7.00pm
St John's, Smith Square
viola da gamba
Bach Sonata in D major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV1028
Bach Suite for lute in G minor, BWV995
Bach Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV1029
Bach Trio Sonata in D minor, BWV527
Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
Bach Trio Sonata in G major, BWV530
Bach at his most up-close and refined. Inspirational German virtuoso Hille Perl is joined by Patrick Ayrton and Lee Santana to perform a pair of his exquisite sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, plus glowing arrangements of two of his vivacious and perfectly formed organ trio sonatas. Other facets of the composer's genius are also on display in a lute transcription of one of his own cello suites and the dazzling solo harpsichord eruption that is the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.
'Perl and Co. perform from the heart, feeling every note and never losing touch with the music's origins...Richly civilising.'
Tickets £25, £20, £15, £10
Buy a ticket for both evening concerts on 20 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine
Hille Perl, Lee Santana and Patrick Ayrton will be guesting on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on Thursday 19 May 2011 at 4.30pm.
Friday 20 May, 9.30pm
St John's, Smith Square Lufthansa Late
Telemann and the Gypsies
Telemann spent part of his twenties working in an area of modern-day Poland where he was deeply affected by the verve, colour and imagination of the local folk musicians. 'In only a week, a composer could be inspired for an entire lifetime,' he later wrote. Montreal-based live wires Ensemble Caprice mix Telemann's gypsy-influenced chamber music - including his popular concerto for recorder and flute - with infectious, haunting and intoxicating examples of the real thing.
'Difficult to tell where gypsies stop and Telemann starts. Both will make you want to get up and dance around the room until the neighbours start banging on the wall...Utterly irresistible.'
Tickets £15 (unreserved)
Buy a ticket for both concerts on 20 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine
This concert will be recorded for broadcast in The Early Music Show at 1.00pm on Sunday 30 October.