Fortas: Phantasm, Viol Quartet

Wednesday, December 13, 2000, 7:30 PM



Run Time:

2 hrs

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The Kennedy Center
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts 2000-2001 Season
Joseph Kalichstein, Artistic Director

Phantasm, Viol Quartet
Laurence Dreyfus
Wendy Gillespie
Jonathan Manson
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola

(In conjunction with the National Symphony Orchestra Baroque Festival)

Richard Mico - Pavanne No. 4, Fancy No. 5, 4a, and 10 (Ut re mi fa so la)

Matthew Locke - Sett No. 5 in G minor, Fantazie-Courante-Ayre-Sarabrande

Henry Purcell - Fantazias 6 a4, 7 a4, 8 a4, 11 a4

Mozart - Fugues arranged for string quartet after J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier II, K 405 (1782)

Bach - Selections from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

There are those who have only seen a viol in the hands of angels found in medieval Italian paintings. Then there are the early-music fans "who believe the music of heaven probably includes a consort of viols played flawlessly in tune" (Continuo). No matter which group you find yourself in, this concert is sure to delight. "Their playing is about as perfect as I expect to hear in this life", lauded the Continuo critic. "Endlessly inventive, tonally ravishing, and just about enough to restore your faith in the human race." Among the gems you'll find on this program are excerpts from Bach's fabled Art of the Fugue. This great masterpiece was written without any indications as to which instruments should play it; but as the Fortas Concerts Artistic Director Joseph Kalichstein puts it, "the pure abstract -yet hauntingly beautiful- sound of the viols provides us with a close glimpse of Bach's original, abstract idea as possible, while letting us bask in the glorious sound of the score."

Part of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Celebration of the Legacy and Promise of the Performing Arts.

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