Scotland's Tenducci

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Evergreen Ensemble bridges the gap between folk and Baroque.

Known for its virtuosic programs bringing together the best of Australia’s early music and folk talent, it weaves stories back through time, rediscovering the sounds of folk melodies on period instruments and interpreting classical repertoire with flair.

Giusto Tenducci was the equivalent of an 18th-century rock star. As a revered castrato, his reputation was second only to the famous Senesino, earning him a ‘seven-figure salary’ in London prior to traveling to Ireland and Scotland. Handsome, charismatic, and wildly talented, he inspired Scottish audiences with his virtuosity and wooed them with his tasteful performances of their own Scottish airs. This concert of rarely-performed Baroque songs, sonatas and suites explores the music of several Italians, including Tenducci himself, who composed in Edinburgh during the 18th century, in addition to Scottish arrangements of J.S. Bach and Beethoven. Performed by Evergreen Ensemble, it features the glorious voice of countertenor Max Riebl and the renowned talents of early keyboard specialist Donald Nicolson.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Evergreen Ensemble


J.C. Bach
The Broom of Cowdenknows, W.LH 2
Braes of Ballanden, W.LH 1

Francesco Barsanti
Trio Sonata

Tomasso Giordani
Queen Mary’s Lamentation

Nicola Matteis
Suite from Ayres for the Violin, Book 4

J.C. Bach
Keyboard Concerto in D, Op.1 No.6

Giusto Fernando Tenducci
See the Purple Morn Arise

J.C. Bach
Farewell to Lochaber (from Four Scotch Songs), W.LH4

Ludwig van Beethoven
Scottish Songs, Op.108


Shane Lestideau violin
Katie Yap violin/viola
Lucy Price cello
Donald Nicholson early keyboards
Max Riebl countertenor


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.