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Added to website: 13 July 2009
Ensemble Diamonte

TICKETS AND INFO

Tickets for the Saltaire concert cost £8 (£6 concessions) and are available from the Early Music
Shop, Saltaire (01274) 288100, from Yvonne Smith (01924) 279187 or on the door.
Further information is available by emailing diamantebaroque@gmail.com

The members of the ensemble all met while specialising in historical performance in Holland and have been playing together for five years. Individually members have won many prizes in international competitions (Bruges, Magdeburg, Yamanashi) and have played in such famous groups as the European Union Baroque Orchestra and The Netherlands Bach Society.

Ensemble Diamanté have a light and refreshing approach to baroque music. Their innovative programming brings new life to ancient music. With an impeccable sense of timing and a deep insight into musical affect, these four young musicians will at times have your foot tapping and at others have you sighing with pleasure.

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This Anglo-Japanese ensemble is based in Holland, the epicentre of the early music movement. Their current program has a strong emphasis in metamorphosis, for instance in transcriptions of Bach's Organ Trio-Sonatas, and reductions of Vivaldi's virtuosic concertos into exciting chamber music miniatures.

Ensemble Diamanté are:
Tomokazu Ujigawa - recorder
Rie Kimura - baroque violin
Robert Smith - Baroque cello / viola da gamba
Aya Fukuma – Harpsichord

Ensemble Diamanté plays on historical instruments. If they are not true original instruments from the Baroque era (1600 - 1750), then they are faithful copies of historical models. All these small differences in the instruments, and the way they are played makes an entirely different sound world that takes the audience back 300 years.

CELLO
Many people are surprised to see the cello played without a metal spike to support it off the floor, instead being squeezed between the legs. The spike was invented for beginners and fat people in the 19th century.

VIOLA DA GAMBA
The little-known viola da gamba always attracts interest because of its ornate construction. The instrument was almost forgotten by history after it was superseded by the cello. About the same size as a cello, the viola da gamba offers a pure, vocal and more intimate sound than the cello. Its seven strings and fretted fingerboard make it suitable for
playing chords. Looking a little closer will reveal other differences from modern descendants of these instruments, such as strings made from animal gut and gracefully curved bows for the violin, cello and viola da gamba. The violin plays without chin and shoulder rests, which makes for a very relaxed, folky way of playing, though there is an increased risk of dropping the violin on the floor!

HARPSICHORD
The harpsichord may look like a small wooden piano, but it plucks strings instead of hitting them with a hammer (as a piano does).

RECORDER
The recorder is more or less the same nowadays as the one we all learned in junior school, except made of wood, not plastic.

THE MUSIC
J.S.Bach (1685-1750) Trio sonata C major BWV530 Recorder, Violin, Bass.
(arrangement of organ trio-sonata)
Allegro
Lent
Allegro

G.Ph.Telemann (1681-1767) Trio sonata in A minor TWV42:a4 Recorder, Violin, Bass
(from "Essercizii Musici")
Largo
Vivace
Affettuoso
Allegro

G.Ph.Telemann, Trio sonata in A minor TWV42:a1 Recorder, Violin, Bass
(from"Six Trios")
Affettuoso
Vivace
Grave
Menuet

A.Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in F major RV100 arr. Recorder, Violin, Viola da Gamba, Bass
Allegro
Largo
Allegro

A.Corelli (1653-1713) Concerto grosso in D major Op.6-4 arr. Recorder, Violin, Viola da Gamba, Bass
Adagio-Allegro
Adagio
Vivace
Allegro

Ensemble Diamanté
Baroque Music Concertos and Sonatas by J S Bach, Telemann, Corelli & Vivaldi
United Reformed Church, Victoria Road, Saltaire
Wednesday 12th August at 8pm

Tickets & Info

Tickets for the Saltaire concert cost £8 (£6 concessions) and are available from the Early Music
Shop, Saltaire (01274) 288100, from Yvonne Smith (01924) 279187 or on the door.
Further information is available by emailing diamantebaroque@gmail.com

Added to website: 13 July 2009

   

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