Friday, April 21, 2017, at 6 pm
THE PARIS QUARTET (Lisa Weiss, violin; Janet See, flute; Katherine Heater, harpsichord and Peter Hallifax, viol)
“Only the Best” – Music by Bach, Rameau, and Telemann
Telemann, of course, wrote the famous Paris Quartets, in 1737, to be exact, for this particular combination of instruments (violin, flute, viol, and continuo), and they were indeed played in Paris by the leading instrumentalists of the time at a famous concert series, and remained popular in Paris (as well as back in Germany) for a long time. 2 of the Quartets frame this program.
However, these colorful pieces contrast perfectly with Rameau’s chamber masterworks, 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, so we added 2 of those suites to the program. The concert is balanced out by the addition of one of Bach’s trios, because, while Rameau was, of course, French, and Telemann was a raving francophile, only Bach (who bought a copy of first edition of the Telemann 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. “Only the Best.”
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.
Friday, April 21, 2017, 6 p.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall,
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
All Tickets $20 (free for those 18 and under).
Tickets at the door or reserve in advance online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2594807