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Thu 3 Sep 2020, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore St, Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: d974yqb

Baroque music is always very popular. Waikato University-based duo Lara Hall and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes present a programme of Georgian violin music, full of elegance, drama and the spontaneous flair that their performances are known for.
At the heart of the programme are a set of 18th-century English sonatas by Joseph Gibbs.. The sonatas, which encompass a great variety of styles, take the listener on a journey with many entirely unexpected Lara Hall (violin and Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (piano) twists and turns. Radical (for their elegant era) and surprising musical key changes can be heard in some of the adagios and exciting technical challenges abound: triple stops are on show almost as soon as the first sonata even begins; fugal movements require the violinist to play three voices; and there are movements where the two players need to deal with very fast imitation between the parts.
The works by Playford have a connection to the British Isles fiddle tradition and English country dance music; while the Gibbs sonatas are from the town of Ipswich, Suffolk, where Gibbs associated with the painter Gainsborough. The music of Handel brings in the fashionable world of London musical circles.
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