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Leclair Première recréation de musique d'une exécution facile Op. 6; Sonata in D Op. 2 No. 8; Sonata in G minor for two violins Op. 12 No. 5

Rameau L'entretien des Muses from Pièces de clavecin

Couperin Huitième Concert dans le goût théatral

Handel Trio Sonata in G Op. 5 No. 4 HWV399

The Brook Street Band

Wigmore Hall 10 July 2011

A model concert showcasing this fine ensemble collectively and individually. Booking was poor by that Sunday afternoon according to the Wigmore Hall website, but come the evening there was a fair sized audience and one which signified approbation of a very special concert.

The core of this "band" numbers just four, and shrewd programming gave each one opportunities to shine individually as well as in full quartet.

The French flavour (notes inégales etc) pervaded the evening with elegant virtuosity. Rachel Harris was the more assertive of the violinists, but in solo and duet the more retiring Farran Scott showed herself fully her equal, with a more mellow toned violin; their Leclair unaccompanied duo sonata a high spot of the evening.

Programme notes were full and scholarly, including details of al the instruments and that they were played at a=415 Hz. One hoped that the concert was a trial run for their next CD - or, better, DVD as they are fascinating to watch.

The Brook Street Band has recorded extensively for Avie, and we have reviewed two of their discs athttp://www.musicalpointers.co.uk/reviews/cddvd08/HandelEnglishCantatas.htm
No videos yet, but a good sequence of stills to enjoy at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB4_AtQfmWc (ENGLISH CANTATAS AV2153)

Peter Grahame Woolf

Readers are urged to consider an important celebration of the fortepiano later this month with Viviana Sofronitsky and five new fortepianos on the Wigmore Hall stage - - recommended. PGW.