October 23, 2016
“Some of the most refreshing, life-enhancing Baroque playing heard in years.”
Rachel Barton Pine: baroque violin, viola d’amore
John Mark Rozendaal: viola da gamba, baroque ‘cello
David Schrader: harpsichord, positiv organ, fortepiano
Trio Settecento’s passionate and authoritative interpretations renew the pleasures of hearing beloved music from the Age of Enlightenment while also revealing the delights of new discoveries. Imagination, vigor, technical polish, and historical insight have made the Trio’s performances appealing to audiences and critics alike.
The Scottish Play
One delightful product of the Scottish Enlightenment of the eighteenth century was a flourishing violin/fiddle culture which nurtured both traditional native Scots styles and the import of modern continental art music. Trio Settecento’s program of Scots violin music includes traditional Scots dance fiddling; sonatas by Scottish composers working in the Italian style; works of Italian violinists incorporating Scottish material; and authentic ‘crossover’ work in which the two styles are combined to create a unique and intoxicating blended Scotch music, a wordless lyric analogue to the poetry of Robert Burns.