Friday, June 02, 2006

Newton Baroque Concert

The Society for Historically Informed Performance features concerts during the summer, when most concert series are over for the season. They are held in a local church and fans are passed out at the beginning of each performance because the heat can become oppressive. Newton Baroque performed concerti inspired by a composer that is not well known in the West. Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755) was the concert master of the orchestra for the court of Dresden. He was well liked and respected by his contemporaries including Telemann, Vivaldi, and J.S. Bach.

The Newton Baroque chose pleasing music by these composers. Their performance was competent but not inspired. Some of the other ensembles performing in the SoHIP series this summer have a lot of experience and a very polished sound. Hopefully my generous friend will invite me to some more concerts in this series. He is a real early music aficionado. I cannot remember him complaining about any concert that we have attended. He always applauds with great enthusiasm.


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