Elizabeth Kenny

Saturday 15 Jun 2019 3:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Music from the early 17th century by Piccinini, Kapsberger and de Visée
Music from the early 21st century by James MacMillan, Benjamin Oliver and Nico Muhly (UK premiere)

The development of the lute into the long-necked theorbo created an instrument with a split personality, having a delicacy and expressive depth to the sound but an unwieldy appearance that was mocked. Elizabeth Kenny celebrates these split identities, with beautiful melodies supported by long, resonant bass strings, but just a hint of the comic as well.

Mellifluous French music sits alongside eccentric Italian improvisation, and old works alongside new – a haunting 21st-century motet, a funk/ground bass-influenced fantasy, and a world premiere which exploits the unconventional tuning system and expressive possibilities of the instrument to powerful effect.

Piccinnini Toccata Cromatica; Partiti variate sopra la Folia; Ciaconna 11’
Kapsberger Toccata; Passacaglia, Capona, Canario, Coloscione 15’
James Macmillan Motet (from Since It Was the Day of Preparation) 3’
Benjamin Oliver Extending from the Inside 8’

Robert de Visée Suite in C minor 15’
Prelude; Les Sylvains de M Couperin; Chaconne 8’
Nico Muhly Berceuse with seven variations (uk premiere) 15’

Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega