The Paris Quartet: Only the Best: Music by Rameau and Telemann
Our concert on April 21 features the fabulous Paris Quartet (Lisa Weiss, violin; Janet See, flute; Katherine Heater, harpsichord; and Peter Hallifax, viol) playing Only the Best; chamber music of (Bach), Rameau, and Telemann
Telemann, of course, wrote the famous quartets, in 1737, to be exact, for exactly this combination of instruments (violin, flute, viol, and continuo), and they were played in Paris by the leading instrumentalists of the time at a famous concert series. However, these colorful pieces contrast perfectly with Rameaus chamber masterwork, his Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts, in which Rameau gives the harpsichord the starring role and makes the viol, and flute or violin, accompany the music. The concert is balanced out by the addition of Bachs trios, because, while Rameau was, of course, French and Telemann was a raving francophile, only Bach (who bought a copy of first edition of Telemanns Paris quartets) was able to admire and understand French music while still remaining the master of his own style of contrapuntal elegance.
Here you have the best of the pure French idiom in Rameau, the best of the pure German tradition in Bach, and the inspired hybrid that was Telemann.
The players need no introduction: all four have been regulars of the Bay Area baroque scene for decades. Now they have come together to bring you the best of these great composers.
All in the fabulous wooden acoustic of St. Marks Parish Hall. There will, of course, be snax.
For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com.
Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley (View)
2300 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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