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English Elegance and the Baroque Cello

It was a delight to welcome Richard Tunnicliffe as soloist and director for an evening of English Baroque music in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Norwich Assembly House. Richard`s recording of all 6 Garth cello concertos with the Avison Ensemble in 2007 was highly acclaimed so it was a privilege that he was able to join us to perform 2 of them as part of a programme full of English Elegance.
English Elegance and the Baroque Cello

Saturday 28th November 2009
Noverre Suite, Norwich Assembly House

Leader - Rebecca Livermore
Soloist and director - Richard Tunnicliffe

Concerto in 7 parts after Scarlatti, no.11 in G major - Charles Avison
Concerto for Violoncello Op.1 no.1 in D major - John Garth
Concerto in 7 parts no.2 in B flat major - Richard Mudge
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.4 in A minor - Georg Friedrich Handel
Concerto for Violoncello Op.1 no.4 in B flat major - John Garth
Concerto in 7 parts after Scarlatti, no.6 in D major - Charles Avison


Here`s an early New Year resolution. Look out for this splendid dozen-strong ensemble`s dates for 2010 for such is their enthusiasm for the cause of 17th and 18th century music that it has taken them only three years to establish themselves as one of our best musical groups in the baroque period.

On Saturday evening, with celebrated cellist Richard Tunnicliffe as soloist and led by experienced violinist Rebecca Livermore, their mission was to prove that England at that time was not a "country without music". And how well they did so in concentrating on a trio of English composers whose names are relative rareties in concert programmes.

Charles Avison`s admiration of Domenico Scarlatti was shown in two concertos in which the broad acoustic of the Noverre Suite was used to advantage. If the top lines were a little over indulgent at first overall balance became better as they progressed to the first of two cello concertos by John Garth, the second of which contained a delightfully performed Andante affetuoso not unlike a rather sad folk tune.

Avison`s second contribution was quite regal and full of rhythmic control and while the concerto from the third composer, Richard Mudge, with its rather mournful opening suffered a little loss of cohesion, it was another interesting part of the whole which received deserved acclamation.