TRULY MADLY BAROQUE - Chamber Music New Zealand and Glyndebourne. Her disc of Bach’s Cello Suites

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  • TRULY MADLY BAROQUE

    Principle Tour Partner

  • “For sheer technical wizardry, charismatic showmanship and expressive devilment, Red Priest is in an exhilarating class of its own.” – BBC Music Magazine

  • Please respect the music, the musicians, and your fellow audience members, by switching off all cellphones, pagers and watches. Taking photographs, or sound or video recordings during the concert is strictly prohibited unless with the prior approval of Chamber Music New Zealand.

    Kia ora tātou I am delighted to welcome you to the first concert of the CMNZ 2019 Concert Season. Here at CMNZ it is always exciting to see the intensive planning which goes into curating a season come into life as a concert experience. We look forward to sharing that experience with you. We were thrilled when Red Priest accepted our invitation to open the 2019 Season. These extraordinary musicians showcase the extravagance of the Baroque era performing with their wonderful charisma and irreverent humour. As they travel the country, Red Priest will also be giving a family concert in Napier and education performances in Wellington and Dunedin. With a renewed interest in recorder playing across schools in Aotearoa, this is a very special opportunity for young people and families to see and hear the virtuosity of recorder player Piers Adams alongside his superb fellow musicians on violin, cello and harpsichord. Through this encounter, our musicians and audiences of tomorrow can find out just how much fun making music in a chamber group can be! Right across 2019 we will be presenting engaging and diverse music that both respects the long heritage of the genre and, like Red Priest this evening, expands the meaning of chamber music. I hope you enjoy this concert and I look forward to seeing you at the next. Ngā mihi nui,

    Catherine Gibson Chief Executive Chamber Music New Zealand

  • “Red Priest is like no other early music instrumental ensemble you have ever heard… transforming Baroque clichés into vivid drama, often at terrific speed and with practised coordination” – Daily Telegraph

  • ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in A minor (orig. B minor) RV580 Allegro – Largo – Larghetto – Allegro

    JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Canon and Gigue in D major

    PIETRO LOCATELLI (1693-1764) Labyrinth

    TOMASO ALBINONI (1671-1751) Concerto in D minor op 9 No 2 Allegro e non presto – Adagio – Allegro

    JACOB VAN EYCK (1590-1657) The English Nightingale

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Adagio from Sonata in G minor BWV 1029

    GEORG FREDERICK HANDEL (1685-1759) Passacaglia in G minor

    ~Interval~

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major (BWV 1050) Allegro – Affettuoso – Allegro

    JOSEPH-NICOLAS-PANCRACE ROYER (1705 –1755) L’Amiable

    HENRY ECCLES (1670-1742) Adagio and Presto in G minor

    GASPAR SANZ (1640-1710) Canarios

    GIUSEPPE TARTINI (1692-1770) “The Devil’s Trill” Sonata Largo – Allegro – Andante/Allegro/Adagio

    Truly Madly Baroque Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Christchurch & Dunedin

    DURATION: (First half 39 mins, second half 38 mins) *The Artists reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

    The Auckland concert will be recorded for live broadcast by RNZ Concert

  • Red Priest

    Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Cirque du Soleil.This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as “visionary and heretical,” “outrageous yet compulsive,” “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” “completely wild and deeply imaginative,” with a “red-hot wicked sense of humour” and a “break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music.”

    Founded in 1997, and named after the red- headed priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given over 1000 sell-out concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bermuda Festival, and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America.

    The group has been the subject of hour-long TV profiles for NHK (Japan) and ITV (UK) - the latter for the prestigious South Bank Show in 2005.

    In 2008 Red Priest launched its own record label, which is now the home for all of the recordings of the ensemble and its members, and has attracted much attention in the music press worldwide. Gramophone said of the group’s ‘Handel in the Wind’ CD “Quite brilliant… some of the most extraordinary instrumental playing you’re likely to hear”, whilst their iconic recording of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ was hailed in the same publication as one of the four all-time best recordings of the work. Other releases have included a swashbuckling collection entitled ‘Pirates of the Baroque’, the group’s all-Bach blockbuster, ‘Johann, I’m Only Dancing’ and ‘The Baroque Bohemians’, which surprised the major labels by reaching No.1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart in October 2017.

  • UK Piers Adams Recorders Adam Summerhayes Violin Angela East Cello David Wright Harpsichord

  • Piers Adams has been heralded in the Washington Post as “the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today”. He has performed in premiere concert halls throughout

    the world, including London’s Royal Festival, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, and as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Singapore Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras. Piers has made several solo CDs reflecting an eclectic taste, ranging from his award-winning Vivaldi début disc to David Bedford’s Recorder Concerto – one of many major works written for and premiered by him.

    Current projects include ‘Wild Men of the Baroque’ with Red Priest harpsichordist David Wright; an eclectic mix of classical, world, jazz and folk music with pianist Howard Beach entitled ‘Flight of the Eagle’, regular festival gigs with Adam Summerhayes’ Dodo Street Band, and an innovative baroque chill-out recording with synth artist Larry Lush, entitled ‘Baroque Dream’.

    Adam Summerhayes learnt first from his grandfather who studied the violin with Joachim’s last pupil, and with Adolf Brodsky, the violinist who premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto.

    Adam then learnt from the great Yfrah Neaman.

    He was introduced to the Baroque violin by Roy Goodman in the 1980s, initiated into period instrument performance by Paul McCreesh and studied with Micaela Comberti. He has been highly acclaimed as a chamber musician, particularly for his recordings of previously unknown repertoire, including works by Aaron Copland. He has also given many concerto performances in Europe, Russia and the USA. Adam has recorded over 20 CDs for Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, ASV, Meridian and others. A disc of his gypsy fiddle playing was described as “heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing” (Gramophone).

    This led to a cameo appearance in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster movie ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ in which a performance of one of his own tracks is also featured. In addition to his work with Red Priest, Adam runs his own orchestra, and is founder and director of the Dodo Street Band, described as the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer.

    The Musicians

  • Angela East is widely respected as one of the most brilliant and dynamic performers in the period instrument world, praised in The Times, London, for the “elemental power” of her

    cello playing. She has given numerous concerto performances in London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, and has performed as soloist and continuo cellist with many of Europe’s leading baroque orchestras, as well as with her own ensemble, the Revolutionary Drawing Room.

    Among her impressive list of concert credits are La Scala, Milan, Sydney Opera House, Versailles and Glyndebourne. Her disc of Bach’s Cello Suites was released on Red Priest Recordings, together with a recital disc of popular baroque cello sonatas.

    Angela is very active as an educator, running workshops and training courses at home and abroad for the Suzuki Institute, as well as running her own Alexander Technique practice from her London home.

    David Wright was an almost entirely self-taught musician before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes, including the International Broadwood

    Competition, and graduated with distinction. Since then he has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Steven Varcoe, 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 is guest conductor to several European orchestras.

    Much of David’s time in recent years has been devoted to performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he recorded in 2007 and has since toured extensively, and performed on TV and radio.

    He joined Red Priest in 2011, taking over from his predecessor in a Dr. Who st