from The Virtuoso Orchestra: "La Pazzia", Concerto #8
recorded live in concert, Rochester, NY, September 29, 2013
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Laura Heimes and Shari Wilson, sopranos
José Lemos, alto
Dann Coakwell, tenor
Steven Hrycelak, bass
Dongmyung Ahn and Boel Gidholm, violins
David Morris and Zoe Weiss, viols
Heather Miller Lardin, violone
Michael Beattie, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German composer and organist in the late 17th century. Famous in his own day, he was sought out by other musicians, and Johann Sebastian Bach, as a young man, famously walked 250 miles to meet the master and hear his music! This compelling piece has been described as “a king’s ransom of vocal beauty, moving at times in … sequences that resemble pop music-styled harmonic movement”.
Our program will also include a sonata for 2 violins and 3 viols by Johann Rosenmuller, a composer who helped to bring the Italian style to northern Europe, and influenced Buxtehude.