An instrument beloved of kings, the viola da gamba flourished in Renaissance and Baroque courts. Italian virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo is improviser, composer and commanding interpreter of the classics. In his hands, the viola da gamba is achingly expressive. Pandolfo is joined by a rippling band of continuo instruments, playing works by Ortiz, Hume, Marais, Forqueray, Pandolfo.
Diego Ortiz (ca. 1510-ca. 1576): Recercada Solo Recercada 2a on La Spagna Pass’emezzo Antico Follia 5, 8 Romanesca 7 Pass’e mezzo Moderno 2
Tobias Hume (poss. 1579-1645): The Duke of Holstone’s Almaine The Spirit of Gambo
Marin Marais (1656-1728): Prélude Variations on a Ground in G major: Sujet Diversité donnée par un Etranger for viola da gamba and continuo
Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745): La Laborde La Regente La Portugaise La Du Vaucel La Ferrand
Paolo Pandolfo (b.1964): Schlaf Wohl (“Ninna Nanna”) Violatango
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Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. Commissioned work supported by the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle.
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba with Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque guitar Jane Gower, Baroque bassoon Daniel Yeadon, cello Neal Peres da Costa, harpsichord & chamber organ Marshall McGuire, Baroque triple harp Kirsty McCahon, double bass
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba
Paolo Pandolfo constant effort is to build bridges between the Past and the Present, always bringing in his performances, together with rigorous philological interpretation, spontaneous and immediate life. He is convinced that the patrimony of ancient music combined with renewed improvisation skills can be of powerful inspiration for the future of the western musical tradition.
Eduardo Egüez, vihuela da mano, theorbo & baroque guitar
One of the world’s foremost lute players, Eduardo Egüez has performed as soloist in venues and festivals all over the world. Mr Egüez has recorded 5 solo albums featuring music by J.S. Bach, S.L. Weiss and R. de Visée. He leads the Ensemble La Chimera, and has conducted several operas, among them Torrejón y Velazco’s La púrpura de la rosa and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
Jane Gower, Baroque bassoon
Jane specialises in historical bassoon performance, ranging from the 17th century dulcian to early 20th century instruments. She plays as principal bassoon with Europe and Australia's leading ensembles, also often as a soloist, using her vast collection of original bassoons. Highly active in chamber music, she founded the quartet "island", and directed festivals in the Barossa Valley, SA.
Daniel Yeadon, cello
Daniel Yeadon is exceptionally versatile as a cellist and viola da gamba player and is a passionate chamber musician. He is currently a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in addition he enjoys a part time role as a performer and educator in the ACO.
Neal Peres Da Costa, harpsichord & chamber organ
Neal Peres Da Costa is Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A world-recognised performing scholar, his publications include Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP, 2012), Brahms’s Duo Sonatas for Bärenreiter (2015/16) and numerous commercial recordings. Recipient of an ARIA Fine Arts award (2008), he is chief investigator in an ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019).
Marshall McGuire, Baroque triple harp
Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading harpists in contemporary and baroque repertoire, Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. He has performed as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and the Australia Ensemble.
Kirsty McCahon, double bass
Bass player, educator, curator, environmentalist, mother and passionate advocate for the arts. Kirsty’s artistic practice is inspired by the universal language of the arts across old and new forms. From the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, to the Brodsky Quartet, to the Australian World Orchestra, and collaborations with luminaries such as David Malouf and Elena Kats-Chernin, Kirsty is recognised as one of Australia’s finest with a Churchill Fellowship and a Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.