My heart so grieves: Music inspired by 16th century poets

The Marais Project and Dutch-born tenor Koen van Stade perform songs by John Dowland. After interval, in a truly unique juxtaposition, Elysian Fields, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba ensemble, takes the stage to present a range of repertoire including Matt McMahon’s ‘What Should I Say – Four Poems of Thomas Wyatt ‘, gorgeous settings of four poems by Thomas Wyatt, a courtier to Henry VIII.

 

A Bass Affair

Most early music fans know that the viola da gamba is also known as the bass viol. It is less well known, perhaps, that there is also such a thing as a bass violin! Both the bass viol and bass violin were mainstays in French baroque music. In this concert we welcome bass violinist and co-founder of Salut! Baroque, Timothy Blomfield, in a program which features a cantata by Montéclair, music by Marais and other works that show off the two instruments. Jennifer and Timothy are joined by soprano Belinda Montgomery and lutenist, Tommie Andersson.

 

Snow in Summer

Jenny Eriksson appears as guest artist with creative Melbourne early music ensemble, Evergreen Ensemble, in a program of Scottish baroque and folk music. With a passion for early and modern repertoire and an ability to seamlessly cross the genres and performance styles of folk and art-music, Evergreen Ensemble is an up and coming ensemble with a unique musical language.