The maestro’s take of Golbderg variations

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The Goldberg Variations have long been a favourite of mine. I was introduced to this wonderful work through Glenn Gould’s 1980 recording, which is still my preferred interpretation. When I began working with Rosewood Consort I immediately saw a close match between the counterpoint of Bach’s music and the recorder. I therefore undertook the task of transcribing the work—originally written for harpsichord—for recorders. I first selected the movements most appropriate for the ensemble, then began the process of creating a ...

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Nigra sum, sed formosa

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These are program notes from our May 28, 2017 concert.

Palestrina’s Nigra sum, sed formosa

Nigra sum, sed formosa was written by Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the 16th century. He wrote hundreds of masses and used the Bible as the basis for his compositions. This composition comes from the love story in the Song of Solomon.  The woman pleads for the man to pay attention to her with these words: “Take me away with you. Let’s run off together. ...

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