MSO Plays Baroque


Leclair Overture No.3
Handel Cantata Un’ alma innamorata
Schmelzer Sonata No.12 from Duodena Selectarum Sonatorum
Stradella Sinfonia No.2
Vivaldi Cantata Lungi dal vago volto
Biber Partia No.4 from Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa

Isin Cakmakçioglu violin
Gabrielle Halloran viola
David Berlin cello
Donald Nicolson harpsichord
Antoinette Halloran soprano

Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a perfect Sunday morning of delightful, quirky and oh-so-intriguing baroque chamber music. Isin Cakmakçioglu, violin; Gabrielle Halloran, viola; David Berlin, cello; Donald Nicolson, harpsichord; and Antoinette Halloran, soprano, combine for the smorgasbord of music, from Leclair through to Biber (not to be confused with the other musical maestro, Justin Bieber!) in a concert that promises to be both enlivening and enlightening.

Kicking off with Leclair’s so frenchie, so chic Overture No.3, the journey into the Baroque then continues with Handel’s dramatic secular cantata, Un’ alma innamorata for soprano and instruments, featuring Antoinette Halloran in a depiction of a ‘soul in love’.

Stradella’s Sinfonia No.2 and Vivaldi’s Cantata Lungi dal vago volto depict the best of contrapuntal writing from 17th century Italy before concluding with a standout work, Partia No.4 from Harmonia artificiosa-ariosa, from Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, who was named by music historian, Charles Burney as the best violin composer of the 17th century.

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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