Co-Directed by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, (see separate bios) Quicksilver brings together many of the leading historically informed performers in America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres,” (Early Music America) and praised for “impeccable, soulful playing” (New York Times), Quicksilver vibrantly explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Featured at early music series throughout North America, Quicksilver has garnered accolades in the press from coast to coast.
Two different programs: Order Nov 7 or 8, or both at a discount!
Nov 7 (Fri) 7:30 – St Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 E Knapp St)
In the 17th century,composers consciously began to create a nuove musiche or stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions, in striking contrast to the smooth tapestry of Renaissance polyphony. This program is an examination of this modern music as it was invented by virtuoso instrumental composers in Italy and developed further in Germany. It is also an exploration of their new invention, the sonata: a pure instrumental work, a piece simply meant to be “sounded,” with no agenda but the imagination of the composer.
Nov 8 (Sa) 7:30 – St Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 E Knapp St)
Today’s string quartets and quintets have a remarkable pre-history in the seventeenth century, when composers took the Renaissance idea of consort music and created new and compelling repertoires for strings & continuo. This program is a rare chance to hear some of the early masterpieces of this genre, from late Renaissance dances and fantasies to the theatrical sonatas of the new violin virtuosos of the 1680s.