King of Instruments: Instrument of Kings

DateMay 13 2023
Time7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LocationSt. Andrews ChurchSubiaco
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King of Instruments: Instrument of Kings – Join Stewart Smith and Robin Hillier for this program of Bach and Quantz. Two of Perth’s leading scholar-musicians, Stewart Smith and Robin Hillier bring you a concert that is a clash of Titans! King of Instruments: Instrument of Kings unites the organ, the most complex, flexible and powerful instrument heard in the baroque, with the rich, contralto voice of the flute played by Frederick the Great, notorious monarch of Prussia.

The program features baroque music by Bach, Telemann, Hasse, Quantz and Kellner that will defy your expectations of the era. The music played by Frederick and the musicians at his court is by turn subtle, refined and as moving as the best operatic arias, then brims with the fire and virtuosity that befitted a king. Here this music is brought back to life by these unique instruments in a rare combination that, surprisingly, has historical precedent in the chamber music making of Frederick and his equally musical sister. – Robin Hillier

Program:
Toccata in G major, Smith
Fantasia in G major -Allegro, GP Telemann
Andante from Suite in E minor BWV 1034, JS Bach
Sonata in B minor, JJ Quantz
Quartetto, Kellner
Sonata in E minor, Hasse