Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violins and directors
Greg Ingles, trombone; Dominic Teresi, dulcian
David Morris, cello and viola da gamba
Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ
Charles Weaver, theorbo and baroque guitar
The (very) First Viennese School
Music in Vienna actually had its first flourishing long before Mozart. The splendid seventeenth-century court of the Holy Roman Emperors from Matthias to Leopold I were great music lovers and connoisseurs who brought together virtuosos from Italy and native-born composers to create a remarkable musical culture. Our program explores the brilliant music created for their varied court festivities in a rich feast of sumptuous sonatas and ingenious ballets. Music by Bertali, Buonamente, Fux, Muffat, Schmeltzer, Valentini and more.
Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Q u i c k s i l v e r brings together leading historically-informed performers in America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres,” (Early Music America) and praised for “impeccable, soulful playing” (New York Times), Quicksilver vibrantly explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Featured at early music series throughout North America, Quicksilver has garnered accolades in the press from coast to coast. The ensemble’s debut recording, “Stile Moderno: new music from the seventeenth century” has been lauded as “technically expert, flexible in phrasing, and stylish in ornamentation, fully aware of this music’s rich sense of theatre” (Fanfare Magazine) and “Breakthrough Album of the Year” (Huffington Post). Quicksilver’s upcoming recording, “Fantasticus,” is expected to be released in Fall 2014.