We are very pleased to have on offer 6 interesting and varied programmes
Fantastic GermanyOpen or CloseBound to Nothing
Stylus Fantasticus is the term for a genre of virtuoso instrumental chamber music that blossomed across Europe in the late 17th century. It was “a free and unrestrained method of composing”, in effect a liberation of instrumental music from the dominance of vocal music. Often driven along by ostinato bass patterns, the music is remarkable for its unending energy, florid solo lines and inherent freedom. Composers from this time pushed the boundaries of form, technique and convention. Fantasticus enchants its audiences with the unsurpassed wonder and energy from that time.
Works by Buxtehude, Bertali, Schmelzer, Pandolfi Mealli, Jenkins. This programme features on Fantasticus’ critically-acclaimed debut album, Fantasticus - Baroque Chamber Works.
“The sheer freshness and fiery joie de vivre of the playing recalls the young Andrew Manze and his collaborators.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013.Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707) Trio Sonata in A Major Op.2 No.5.
Augustinus Kertzinger (d.1678) Sonatina in d minor for Viola da gamba and basso continuo
Michelangelo Rossi (ca. 1601/1602 – 1656) Toccata Settima
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata E minor BWV 1023
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707) Sonata and Suite in B flat, BuxWV 273
John Jenkins (1592-1678) Fantasia in d minor
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.1621–1680) Sonata a 2 in a minor
Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (1657-1714) Sonata Terza in A major.
Fantastic BachOpen or CloseAll roads lead to The Master• Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1709): Trio Sonata in A major Op.2 No5
• Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in E minor BWV 1023
• Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D major BWV1028
• Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for Violin and obbligato harpsichord in B minor BWV1014
• Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788): Rondo in A major for solo keyboard
• Johann Sebastian Bach: from The Art of Fugue BWV1080, Canon per Augmentationem in Contratio Motu
• Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787): Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord Op.9 No.3
Fantastic FranceOpen or CloseSonnerie and other portraits
In this programme from their critically-acclaimed second album, Fantasticus present a palette of musical portraits from the French Baroque: the hypnotic bell-like fantasy, “Sonnerie” by Marais; intensely emotional musical tombstones; respect, humour and tenderness in the dedications from one composer to another.
Prepare to be enchanted, moved and uplifted!Marin Marais (1656-1728), Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de- Paris.
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Cinquième Pièce de Clavecin en Concert.
Marin Marais, Tombeau pour Monsr. De Lully. Deuxième Livre.
François Francoeur (1698-1787), Sonata VI, Deuxième Livre.
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764), Sonata 8 à Trois. Deuxième Livre.
Jacques Duphly (1715-1789), La Forqueray. Troisième Livre.
Louis-Antoine Dornel (c.1680–c.1756), Sonata IV ‘La Forcroy’, Op.2.
Fantastic ItalyOpen or CloseTartini, Veracini, Vivaldi… tutti insieme!Francesco Maria Veracini and Giuseppe Tartini were celebrated by their contemporaries as ‘the greatest masters of their instrument that had ever appeared; and their abilities were not merely confined to the excellence of their performance, but extended to composition, in which they both manifested great genius and science’. Historian Charles Burney made the important observation that it was ‘impossible for any two men to be more dissimilar in disposition: Tartini was so humble and timid, that he was never happy but in obscurity; while Veracini was so foolishly vainglorious as frequently to boast that there was but one God, and one Veracini’.
Fantasticus takes this jarring contrast of personalities and twists it into a programme of ingenious Italian sonatas that moves effortlessly between rustic simplicity and virtuoso indulgence. The programme culminates in the most famous programmatic violin sonata of the eighteenth century - ‘ Il trillo del Diavolo’ - written after Tartini was visited by the devil himself in a tormented dream. The recording featuring this programme, ‘Tartini & Veracini’ was released in June 2015 on Resonus Classics.Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770) Pastorale, Op. 1
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690 – 1768) Sonata Op.2 No.5 in g minor
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) Cello Sonata No.6 in Bb major, RV 46
Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770) Sonata Il Trillo del Diavolo in G Minor
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) Sonatas for solo harpsichord
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690 – 1768) Sonata Op.2 No.12 in D minor
Fantastic EnglandOpen or CloseThe excellency of HandDiminution, or the more English term Division, refers to the art of improvising and composing variations usually on a simple melody or above a ground bass. Perhaps one of the reasons division became so popular was its capacity for great virtuosity – or excellency of hand. The art flourished in mid-17th century England with the likes of John Jenkins and William Lawes writing florid lines to challenge even the most accomplished performers. Although the practice of division is traceable back to Italian diminuzione from the end of the 16th century its character is quintessentially English.John Jenkins (1592 – 1678) ‘Fantasia Suite’ for violin, bass viol and organ No.12 in D minor
Fantazia - Almaine - Ayre
‘Fantasia Suite’ in G minor for treble, bass and basso continuo
Fantasia - Almaine - Corant
William Lawes (1602 - 1645)
Fantazia and Ayres for violin, bass viol and organ No.8 in D major
Fantasia - Air (Alman) - Air (Galliard)
Nicola Matteis (fl. c. 1670 – after 1714)
Set of Ayres for the Violin
‘Fantasia Suite’ in A minor for treble, bass and basso continuo Fantasia - Ayre - Corant
‘Fantasia’ in D minor for treble, bass viol and organ
Fantastic Family ConcertOpen or CloseBattles, Beasts and Bells - Baroque Tales of the Unexpected!
Fantasticus explore the alternative sound-world of the baroque time with original instruments: baroque violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Together with lots of light-hearted explanation and a video-screen to provide extra insight, this concert is perfect for newcomers to the concert hall.
‘Battles, Beasts and Bells: Baroque Tales of the Unexpected’ presents a unique opportunity for families (with small children) to experience the exciting music of a bygone age and meet the ancestors of instruments that eventually gave rise to our modern orchestra.Marin Marais (1656 – 1728), Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de- Paris
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741), Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons (extract)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770), The Devil’s Trill
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 - 1704), Sonata Representativa
Marin Marais, Le Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764), Tambourin