Barbaric Beauty

Sunday, 20 June at 2.30 pm & 4.30 pm

These are archived details from 2022 – current details are also available.

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France and the fascination for lands afar

Lully Marche pour la Ceremonie des Turcs from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Corrette Les Sauvages from Concerto Comique No.25 in G minor
Rameau Contredanse en Rondeau from Les Boréades

Polish bagpipes and Barbaric Beauty

Telemann Paris Quartet No.3 in G major, Modéré
Schmelzer Trio Sonata Der Polnische Sackpfeifer
Telemann Hanasky from Suite in E major, TWV 55:E1

Spices of the Orient, Spanish folly and curiosities from the Canaries

Vivaldi Flute Concerto in D minor Il Gran Mogul, Larghetto
Corelli Violin Sonata Op.5 No.12 in D minor La Follia
Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata in A major K.24, Allegro
Murcia and Sanz Canarios

From the far-flung corners of the Earth - the British Isles

Matteis Ground after the Scotch Humour
Purcell Hornpipes from Ayres for the Theatre, ‘The Married Beau’
Scottish tunes:
My Time! O ye muses
Miss Mary Gordon of Braid
Lochail’s away to France
Hon’ble Mrs Maules Reel

London Handel Players
Rachel Brown flute & recorder
Adrian Butterfield violin
Oliver Webber violin
Rachel Byrt viola
Gavin Kibble cello
Silas Wollston harpsichord

From the exotic allure of the orient, the wild rituals of the Moors and Native Americans to the rugged hornpipes of the English and the captivating melancholy of Scottish ballads, folk songs and dances have long held a fascination to the ears of the European upper classes. Telemann himself paid tribute to the ‘barbaric beauty’ of the Polish gypsies whose exhilarating playing provided him with ‘enough ideas for a lifetime of composition’.

London Handel Players


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