Plucked: Galanterie

Plucked: Galanterie

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble 642


‘Exquisite.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

About Ensemble 642

On a plucked string instrument, the bond between music and musician is as intricate as that of a singer and their vocal cords. With hands touching the strings, the stakes are high to hit each note with precision, and the rewards of everything going to plan can be heard in intimate detail. For Ensemble 642, that’s the rare and glorious combination of Baroque harp and lute. Join the Ensemble for brilliant duo performances that bring the emotion and spirit of the Baroque to life.

About this concert

Enter the realm of George Frideric Handel and Sylvius Leopold Weiss: two of the most celebrated musicians of the Baroque. Handel and Weiss’s paths crossed in Rome at the beginning of the 18th century, but their musical output greatly diverged. Weiss was known for his unparalleled technical prowess on the lute, yet his music for the Dresden court was only heard by a select few. By contrast, Handel’s compositions could not have been more popular. His fame inspired many arrangements of arias from his famous operas, including newly discovered transcriptions for harp. Ensemble 642 explores some of the artists’ most expressive and nuanced music, arranged for the enchanting sounds of Baroque harp and lute. In this exquisite program, the virtuosity of the music and its performers are on full display.

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Ensemble 642
Hannah Lane Baroque harp
Nicholas Pollock Baroque lute/theorbo


Silvius Leopold Weiss
Sonata for two lutes in D minor, WeissSW 20

Sonata in F, WeissSW 28, ‘Le Fameux Corsaire’

George Frideric Handel – arr. Ensemble 642
Rinaldo, Act II, sc.x: Lascia ch’io Pianga, HWV7

George Frideric Handel – arr. William Babell
Rinaldo, Act II, sc.x: Lascia ch’io Pianga, HWV7

Silvius Leopold Weiss
Sonata for two lutes in C, WeissSW 40


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2021

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

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