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Ayres and Graces: Brandenburg Ensemble in Berry

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Join members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for an evocative musical journey through the streets and homes of eighteenth-century England and the palace of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France. Musicians Melissa Farrow Baroque flute/recorder Rafael Font Baroque violin Marianne Yeomans Baroque viola Laura Moore Viola da gamba Kirsten Barry Baroque oboe Tommie Andersson Baroque guitar/theorbo Repertoire Works by Handel, Purcell, Lully, Playford and more. Eighteenth-century London was a bustling entrepreneurial centre with a cosmopolitan concert life and a growing market for domestic music-making in wealthy households. This musical richness of the city attracted many foreign musicians including George Frideric Handel. The musical items from Paris and Versailles performed in this program are by contrast uniformly in the style of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the fashionable director of music at the Court of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV of France. The concert features heavenly trio sonatas, gorgeous pastoral folk tunes and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.

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