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Austral Harmony: Handel, Corelli & Purcell
Tue 25 October @ 18:00 - 19:00$20 – $25
Austral Harmony presents intimate chamber music focusing on the highly ornate Italian style of two esteemed composer-performers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel and Arcangelo Corelli.
Handel’s pastoral cantata and floral arias are highly expressive and dramatic, with the florid poetic language illustrated to great effect as the voice is accompanied by exquisite melody-instrument obbligato.
Fancifully embellished Adagio movements are a feature of Corelli’s virtuosic sonata for violin and harpsichord. The pieces provide an insight into the musical fashions of the day, in particular the innovative nature of basso continuo (cello and harpsichord) which encourages each performance to be created afresh, offering much scope and freedom for individual ornamentation.