As part of Baroque Spring, Katie Derham introduces a live concert of baroque music from Tredegar House in Wales, performed by Brecon Baroque. This concert is given in one of the "finest Restoration houses" in country, created in the mid 17th century for the Morgan family, one of whom had formally greeted Charles II on his return.
This concert reflects the musical world of this period.
Charles II, had spent his formative years in exile in France and had been greatly impressed by the string bands he had heard there. It's from around this time - the mid to late 1600s - that the violin family really came into its own. This concerrt draws on music by three of the most significant baroque composers for strings of the period: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Arcangelo Corelli. The second half of the concert features theatre music from slightly later, by the greatest living composer from these shores, Henry Purcell.
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Balletto a 4 'Fechtschule' G major
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata a 6 'Die Pauern- Kirchfahrt' B flat Major
Biber: Sonata XI from 'Sonatae tam arms quam aulis servientes (1676)
Schmelzer: Sonata per tre violini
Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso no 3 in C minor
violins: Rachel Podger, Bojan Cicic, Lucy Russell, Emilia Benjamin
viola: Jane Rogers, Emilia Benjamin
cello/gamba: Jonathan Manson
violone: Jan Spencer
harpsichord: Marcin Swiatkiewicz.