Sunday Baroque Listings: February 5, 2017
Pianist Andre Watts had one of those magical launches to his career – he was still a teenager when Leonard Bernstein chose him to play with the New York Philharmonic in their televised Young People’s Concerts, and then asked him to substitute at the last minute in a concert when pianist Glenn Gould got sick. Andre Watts is one of the remarkable artists you’ll hear performing this weekend on Sunday Baroque.
Poet John Keats described the nightingale’s song as, “… divine melodious truth.” Musicians such as Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel created divine melodies from the songs of goldfinches and cuckoos, too, using flutes and violins and the human voice. While you’re nesting this weekend Sunday Baroque will let your spirit take flight.
George Frideric Handel’s was famous for recycling music – he wrote a Violin Sonata using music adapted from 2 of his flute sonatas, arias and an oratorio. A delightful performance of that recycled Sonata is one highlight of Sunday Baroque this weekend.
February is Library Lover’s Month. Your local library may well contain textbooks and manuals by baroque era musicians who documented their philosophies and techniques. You’ll hear music by a few of these composers who “wrote the book” on their craft this weekend on Sunday Baroque.