Boasting three virtuoso violinists with three distinct yet complementary musical personalities, Chatham Baroque dives into the rarely-performed repertoire of Baroque music for three violins and continuo. Hear the music of Marini, Fonatana, Schmelzer, and Purcell, as well as duos for the unusual combination of theorbo and tiorbino by Castaldi. Stealing the show is one of the most famous Baroque pieces of all time: Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
Stylus Fantasticus Sonatas and Suites of Biber, Schmelzer, Bertali & Schein
The title of the program, “No Holds Barred,” is our somewhat modern take on the artistically free and emotionally unrestrained, bound-to-nothing qualities of the music of the stylus fantasticus, or “fantastic style.” We include works by the most famous violinist-composers of the seventeenth-century, including Bertali, Schmelzer, and Biber
The rich, full sound of our ensemble of 6 to 8 strings, and a rich continuo section of organ, theorbo, and violone, will transport you back to the courts and cathedrals of Salzburg and Vienna.
Drawing on many years of experience performing Baroque music from Spain and Latin America, including two ground breaking CDs, Sol y Sombra, and Españoleta, Chatham Baroque heightens the contrasts between the sacred and secular musical traditions. On the one hand was the sol: the bright, joyful, festive dances. On the other hand was sombra: the darker, mystical, liturgical and devotional music. Sol y Sombra is offered as an instrumental-only program or with the addition of long-time collaborators, Nell Snaidas (soprano) or José Lemos (countertenor).
Andrew Fouts, Evan Few (violins) Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba) Scott Pauley (theorbo, baroque guitar) Daniel Mallon (percussion)
This holiday concert explores George Frideric Handel and the Italian influences that shaped him. Major works include Handel’s exuberant and virtuosic Gloria; Alessandro Scarlatti’s tender Christmas cantata, O di Betlemme altera; and sacred songs from Claudio Monteverdi’s collection, Selva morale e spirituale. Rounding out the program are instrumental sonatas and dances by Vivaldi and Kapsperger.
Note: This program can be adapted to fit any season of the year!
Andrew Fouts, Evan Few (violins) Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba) Scott Pauley, David Walker (theorbo, baroque guitar)
Live recording of the final movement of Handel’s Gloria:
A Jubilant Season
The incomparable French Canadian soprano, Pascale Beaudin, joins an amazing array of virtuoso instrumentalists for a joyful program of Baroque holiday favorites for voice, natural trumpet, and strings. Selections include George Frideric Handel’s triumphant aria, “Let the Bright Seraphim,” and J. S. Bach’s exuberant cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Cheerful instrumental sonatas by Buxtehude and Biber round out this delightful holiday program.
Andrew Fouts, Evan Few (violins) Kristen Linfante (viola) Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba) Scott Pauley (theorbo and baroque guitar) Shelby Lewis (natural trumpet) Alan Lewis (chamber organ)