Friday 26 January 2018: 7-30pm
RCM Baroque Flute Ensembles arranged by Rachel Brown
Two separate flute/strings ensembles led by baroque flautists
Amelia Shakespeare and Mafalda Ramos
with Aidan Phillips – Harpsichord
Abel Balazs – Baroque Violin
Luke Challinor – Viola da Gamba
Michel Blavet – Sonata In B minor Op.3
G. P. Telemann ‘Paris Quartet’ no 1. in G Major
G. P. Telemann Fantasia no 7 ‘Alla Francese’
J.J. Quantz trio sonata in g minor
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor for Solo Flute (H.562)
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Sonata in E minor for Flute and Continuo (WFB.17)
Carl Friedrich Abel – Sonata in C major for Flute and Continuo (Op.6)
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach – Sonata in F major for Two Flutes (F.57)
Playing baroque flutes, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord, five highly talented musicians starting out on their professional careers presented an impressive and fascinating programme for the Tilford Bach Society.
All had connections with the Royal College of Music and the concert was arranged by flautist Rachel Brown, herself a virtuoso performer and researcher into early flute music. The audience was taken on a musical journey from the late Baroque to the early Classical style and the programme was a reminder of how international the musical scene was in the 18th century, with performers and composers travelling all over Europe to hear and play music in a great variety of styles. For example, Carl Friedrich Abel came to England from Germany and, with Bach’s son Johann Christian, set up the very first subscription concerts in this country, while French composer Michel Blavet invited Germany’s leading composer Telemann to join him in Paris, where he composed a set of quartets dedicated to the city.
Flautist Amelia Shakespeare remarked of Bach’s first son, Wilhelm Friedrich, ‘His music’s delightful but challenging: he didn’t really know how to write music for the flute!’ However, fortunately she and Mafalda Ramos certainly knew how to play it and enchanted the audience with Sonata in F for two flutes, with its eerie chromatic slow movement and flighty Presto. The concert ended with Trio Sonata in G minor by Quantz, flute teacher to Frederick the Great, who no doubt enjoyed performing the work’s fast and furious finale.