The music of the Baroque era is a celebration of virtuosity: flush with ornamentation, laced with ostentation and thick with harmony.
For this special concert, Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra Scottish Ensemble and acclaimed harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen (Arcangelo) will perform a selection of exuberant chamber pieces - at the same time as exploring how our surroundings might change the way we listen.
Performing the first half of the concert in one venue before moving to another for the second half, you’ll experience vivacious concerti by Corelli, Locatelli and Vivaldi, and violin sonatas by Corelli and Biber, in contrasting spaces. Guided by Cohen’s passion and expertise, whether in the cosy ‘chamber’ or the ceremonial church, the common factor will be the verve and flair of this rich period of music.
Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Op.3, No. 2, RV 578 in G minor
Corelli Violin Sonata Op.5, No. 5 in G minor
Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op.7, No. 6 in E-flat major (‘Il piano d’Arianna’)
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6, No. 5 in B-flat major
Biber Rosary Sonata No. 6 in C minor (‘The Agony in the Garden’)
Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op.4 in C minor
About the Scottish Ensemble
Scottish Ensemble (SE) is Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra; a collective of outstanding musicians, championing music for strings across Scotland, the UK and the world. Celebrating 50 years, across its 2019/20 Anniversary Season SE presents thought-provoking programmes and events that cross genres, styles, musical periods and art forms to shed new light on classical music - and the many ways it can be shared.
About Jonathan Cohen
Jonathan Cohen is an acclaimed cellist, harpsichordist and guest director, and founder and Artistic Director of Arcangelo, the celebrated London-based early music ensemble known for their performance and recordings of Baroque and Classical repertoire. Cohen is also Artistic Director of Tetbury Music Festival, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota, US), Music Director Designate of Les Violons du Roy (Canada), and Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants.