Ensemble Meridiana - Tastes of Europe - Musical Pointers
21 October 2011Musical Pointers
Peter Grahame Woolf
18 October 2011, City Music Society at St Botolph's, Bishopgate
A splendid and well attended lunch time concert introduced most
of us to a crack Baroque and early Music Ensemble. This versatile
multi-national group (five players, four countries) met in Basel and
have won important prizes. They gave a mixed programme of 18C chamber
music, carefully varied to maintain interest.
St Botolph's-without-Aldersgate, an oasis of beauty right in the centre of a busy City area which is being constantly
re-developed, has superb acoustics and is blessed with freedom from
traffic noise. Music there sounds equally good at the front and from the
very back, possibly because of its barrel-roof.
The two versatile wind players were heard playing various
recorders, baroque oboe and bassoon, and they announced their items from
the platform, explaining to those of us who'd never heard of the
Polish composer Pierre Prowo that his trio, which ends with a smart
little dance in the Polish style, was until recently thought to be by
his hugely prolific contemporary, Georg Phiipp Telemann.
For Ensemble Meridiana's debut disc, with the prestigious
Scottish based company Linn, the group chose a programme of mainly
Telemann, the best known composer of his time and believed to have been
the most prolific of all time; recorder players of my generation were
brought up on Telemann some sixty years ago.
Recommended - [Linn CKD 368].
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