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Music in New Malden - Trios & Concertos with chalumeau

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) Suite from Terpsichore
Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) Trio for violoncello, chalumeau, cembalo in C major c.1737
Arcangelo Corelli(1653-1713) - Christmas Concerto
Graupner Trio for viola d'amore, chalumeau, cembalo in F major c.1735-37
Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) Chalumeau Concerto FaWV L:B 1 in B flat (1727-28)

Jane Booth - chalumeaux*
Henrietta Wayne, Ben Sansom, violins; Alexandria Lawrence, viola;
Helen Verney, 'cello; Henrietta Wayne, viola d'amore; Karen Glen, harpsichord

New Malden Methodist Church, High Street, New Malden. January 8th 2012

A very special series of high quality early music concerts is curated by Jane Booth of Guildhall SMD, devoted to chamber music which benefits from the colours and variety of historical instruments and historically informed playing styles. Jane played two chalumeax from her large collection of early clarinets.

This afternoon's programme was delectable collection of rarities by maninly lesser known baroque names, featuring chalumeaux and a viola d'amore, with Corelli to remind us that the Christmas period was coming to an end.

The bass chalumeau is notably quiet, and was no match for Helen Verney's gutsy cello; so you had to attend carefully (c.f. Alexis Kossenko's quiet baroque flute in a Telemann concerto at Spitalfields Winter Festival). But the pairing of it with viola d'amore in the second Graupner trio was idyllic.

For the Fasch concerto Jane took a smaller instrument, not much bigger that a sopranino recorder, but it was unexpectedly powerful.

The concert was very well attended, the Methodist Church a beautiful, welcoming venue, visually and acoustically; and afterwards there are tea, cakes and chat with the musicians.

If you're within range - easy from Waterloo - do get onto their mailing list:- * © chris stock photographymusicinnewmalden@gmail.com

Peter Grahame Woolf

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Denner Ensemble

DEN 212(available from Amazon & iTunes)

This enjoyable debut CD involves Ben Sansom violin & Karen Glen harpsichord from the group reviewed above.

A good programme of French & Italian baroque chamber music, it is well produced with good imaginative artwork. The texts are easily read, black on glossy white - not always so these days!

Available from The Denner Ensemble


Bach CPE & JS, Scarlatti A & D, and Francischello Alborea

Jennifer Morsches – baroque cello, piccolo cello
Robin Bigwood
- harpsichord

New Malden Methodist Church, March 11 2012

Another beatiful baroque recital at the lovely New Malden church which is acoustically ideal and hosts significant recitals by leading performers, mostly baroque music specialists.

Robin Bigwood brought his own instrument and offered solos by Scarlatti (just one spectacular sonata; we'd have welcomed a "Kirkpatrick pair" (or is his scholarship discredited?) and a dramatic JS Bach Toccata modelled on those of Fresobaldi &c.

Jennifer Morsches, better known for continuo playing in many groups, brought a soloist's flare to possibly first UK performances of sonatas by "Franciscello", a baroque composer new to most of us - his playing was so beautiful that Scarlatti described it as heavenly.

Her account of CPE Bach's D major sonata was virtuosic and exciting, and there is a prospect of a CD of this repertoire from Jennifer and Robin.

Peter Grahame Woolf

See also A Wider Role for the Tenor Violin? Agnes Kory