Audio Video Club of Atlanta
, September 2014
“The Baroque Virtuoso” is both an exploration of the myriad ways virtuoso violin technique informs the music of the Baroque Era and a tribute to violinist/founder Jeanne Lamon, the only music director Tafelmusik has known since the group started up in 1981. It is also memorable for its unusual, far-ranging program.
She leads off with J. S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, in which violinist Linda Melsted joins her for some spirited music making that includes many points of subtle and expressive relationship between the two soloists. Highly imaginative fugal imitation adds to the excitement in a work that Lamon characterizes as “my favourite piece of music” and “my desert island choice.”
Lamon admits to a personal preference for [the “Summer”], with its imitations of the songs of cuckoo, turtle dove and goldfinch in the opening, its central movement conjuring up the languor of a hot summer afternoon, and the furious depiction of a thunderstorm in its finale. Lots of opportunity for fancy fiddling here!
We conclude with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1067…A graciously flowing baroque dance suite, it makes for a very satisfying conclusion to this program. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review