Van Diemen's Band - Cello Napoletano

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Music flowed like sunlight through every corner of the eighteenth-century sea port of Naples – from the church to the court, the mountains to the shore.

Now a ravishing new ensemble from the southern tip of Australia offers a window into this much-neglected artistic culture. Under the direction of Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff, Van Diemen’s Band is a hand-picked who’s who of Baroque music today, its members having played with the most celebrated ensembles of Europe and Australia.

The program’s highlight is the music of composer and violinist Nicola Fiorenza, whose famously eccentric and hot-blooded temperament echoes through this stirring music. Complemented by the music of Alessandro Scarlatti and Francesco Geminiani, these compositions are redolent with the passion and fire of the Italian opera of the era, while retaining a mystery and charm all of their own.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Van Dieman’s Band
Catherine Jones Cello Solist (Italy/Australia)
William Carter Guitar Soloist (UK)


Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso Opus 6, No.4 in D

Nicola Fiorenza
Cello Concerto in D

Luigi Boccherini
Guitar Quintet no.9 in C, G.453. Mvt IV Ritirata “Retraite de Madrid”

Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso Op.3, No.3 in E minor

Alessandro Scarlatti
Sinfonia to ‘Clori, Dorino e Amore’

Nicola Fiorenza
Cello Concerto in B flat

Domenico Scarlatti
Sinfonia No.3 in G

Nicola Fiorenza
Cello Concerto in F


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