In partnership with SJE Arts
Theorbo Fantasy: old and new music for the long-necked lute
Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attempting to re-make contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients. The intellectual-sounding chitarrone was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities. This programme features Berceuse - a new commission by Nico Muhly written for Liz Kenny in November 2018.
Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players, whose playing has been described as 'incandescent' (Music and Vision), 'radical' (The Independent) and 'indecently beautiful' (Toronto Post). She is also Director of Performance at the University of Oxford and a Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music. Join her for a fascinating programme bringing together work from the 17th and 21st Centuries. Elizabeth Kenny will be playing a theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen 1992 after the Italian Originals.
Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata Cromatica; Partite variate sopra la Folia; Ciaccona
Robert de Visée: Suite in D minor
Hieronymus Kapsberger: Toccata; Passacaglia; Capona; Canario; Colascione
James MacMillan: Motet from Since It Was the Day of Preparation
Benjamin Oliver: Extending from the Inside
Nico Muhly: Berceuse with seven variations [UK première]