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Bologna: Past and Present @ Handel House

  • Handel House 25 Brook Street Mayfair London W1K 4HB (map)

Recital as part of the Handel House Talent scheme. Artem Belogurov, original harpsichord by Kirckman.

Bologna has a special place in the history of the development of the cello. With its large basilica, host to an abondant musical life, and the many influential composers active in the city, Bologna is the place where the “violoncello" was used as a solo instrument for the first time. Until then, the bass instrument of the violin family did not have a singular identity, was designated by a myriad of names and had various sizes and tunings. Composers like Domenico Gabrielli, Giuseppe Jacchini and Giovanni Battista Vitali, all of whom played the cello, wrote sonatas for the instrument and often gave it an important role in larger ensemble pieces and operas. This program pays an hommage to the birth place of the cello and its past serves as an inspiration to composers of the present.

Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1667-1727), Sonata in A minor
Domenico Gabrielli (1659-1690), Ricercar for solo cello no.7 in D minor
Maxime McKinley (1979), Cortile di Pilato (2017)
Domenico Gabrielli, Sonata in G for cello and continuo (1689)
Hendrick Bouman, Sonata for cello and harpsichord
Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692), Ruggiero, Passacaglia
Alex Groves, Curved Form (No.12) for cello & harpsichord (2018)

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