Plucked: The Lyre of Orpheus

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble 642


Please note, due to artist illness this concert has been rescheduled from Wednesday 14 April to Tuesday 27 April 2021, 6pm.

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

A musical icon of ancient Greece, the demigod Orpheus had the ability to charm wild animals with his magical lyre. His story illuminates the divine power of music and was destined to inspire groundbreaking works, such as those that came out of 17th-century Italy. Throughout the courts of the Italian Peninsula, virtuoso musicians used newly invented plucked string instruments to evoke the power of Orpheus’s lyre and bewitch their audiences with an innovative style of music and playing. Immerse yourself in the sensual sounds of early plucked strings, as Ensemble 642 perform spellbinding music by some of the most pioneering composers of the early Baroque including Kapsberger, Castaldi and Trabaci, in its most intimate duo setting.

‘Magnificent.’ Limelight magazine

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Ensemble 642
Hannah Lane Baroque triple harp
Nicholas Pollock theorbo


Bellerofonte Castaldi (1580 – 1649)
Capriccio detto hermafrodito
Capriccio detto bischizzoso
Mascherina canzone

Luigi Rossi (c.1597 – 1653)
Passacaille del seigneur Luigi

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c.1580 – 1651)
Tenore del Kapsperger

Canzone Prima

Alessandro Piccinini (1566 – c. 1638)
Partite variate sopra la folia aria Romanesca

Anonymous, 17th century
Tenor di Napoli, MS Doria Pamphilj

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)
Partite sopra Ciaccona

Tarquinio Merula (1595 – 1665)
Canzone No.17 ‘La Monteverde’

Bellerofonte Castaldi (1580 – 1649)
Tasteggio soave

Anonymous, 17th Century
Toccata, MS Doria Pamphilj

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)
Toccate Tertii Toni