Wild men of the baroque

Wild Men of the Baroque (and beyond) – Sunday 8th October 2023

WILD MEN OF THE BAROQUE – 7:30pm – Wigtown County Buildings
PIERS ADAMS recorders & DAVID WRIGHT harpsichord

Wild Men of the Baroque

“Superhuman virtuosity, a laughing recklessness and style you can’t buy ”

Presented by Newton Stewart and District Music Club

With thanks to: logos

Kilgallioch community fund, Wigtown community shop, CMS, D&G Council

Programme to include:

Brando Dicho El Melo                                    ANDREA FALCONIERI (1585–1656)

Sonata Seconda                                                DARIO CASTELLO (1602-1631)

Sonata in F major Op. 5 No. 4                     ARCANGELO CORELLI (1653-1713)

Adagio – Allegro – Vivace – Adagio – Allegro

The King’s Hunt                                               JOHN BULL (1563-1628)

The Woodcock                                                  ANON (c.1625)

The Nightingale                                                JACOB VAN EYCK (1590-1657)

Chaconne in C major                                      LOUIS COUPERIN (1626-1661)

Sonata ‘La Cesta’                                              GIOVANNI PANDOLFI MEALLI (c.1630–1670)


Sonata in B minor                                             GEORG FREDERICK HANDEL (1685-1759)

Largo – Vivace – Furioso – Adagio – Alla breve                                                  

Vertigo                                                                PANCRACE ROYER (1705–1755)

Syrinx                                                                  CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)

Music for a Bird                                                 HANS MARTIN LINDE (b.1930)

Continuum                                                        GYÖRGY LIGETI (1923–2006)

Café 1930                                                           ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992)

Sonata no. 3 in F major                                HEINRICH BIBER (1644-1704)

Piers Adams has been heralded in the Washington Post as ‘the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today’.   His concert tours have taken him to all corners of the globe, including 54 tours of the United States, performing over 1000 concerts with his iconic baroque quartet Red Priest – as well concertos with international symphony and chamber orchestras, recitals in many guises and numerous outings on TV, radio and disc.  Born in 1963, he studied physics at university before entering the Guildhall School of Music, rapidly branching out from there to create his own unique voice, expanding the recorder’s repertoire to include every musical genre from renaissance to romantic to rock.   Amongst his recent ventures is his baroque ‘chillout’ album Bach Side of the Moon, which reached No. 5 in the international New Age Music charts, and which led to the formation of Baroque Alchemy – a new boundary-crossing duo with his keyboardist partner Lyndy Mayle, combining 18th century music with 21st century sound technology.  Alongside this he continues his regular touring with Red Priest and and David Wright, and is currently working on creating a new, advanced online teaching programme called The Enlightened Recorder Player.  Details of his activities can be found at www.piersadams.com.

David Wright was an almost entirely self-taught musician, first coming to the harpsichord as an unlikely refuge from his East End gangland upbringing before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes, including the International Broadwood Competition, and from which he graduated with distinction. Since then he has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading musicians including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Tasmin Little, Joshua Bell and Julian Lloyd Webber, and as a soloist with many groups of international renown. He has directed numerous concerts from the harpsichord, including the first modern performance of Arne’s The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, and has given many solo recitals, notably of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  In 2011 David joined Red Priest, with whom he has recorded two acclaimed CDs and toured to many parts of the world. In addition to this he is active as one of the UK’s busiest working harpsichordists performing with several of the country’s leading period instrument ensembles and chamber orchestras, as well as building, tuning and restoring harpsichords and chamber organs.

Web: https://piersadams.com/wild-men-of-the-baroque


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