Scotland's Tenducci


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Evergreen Ensemble


Concert Cancelled: Evergreen Ensemble

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Evergreen Ensemble’s concert on Friday 20 August has been cancelled.

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Event details

Known for its fresh approach to Baroque and Classical repertoire, Evergreen Ensemble peppers performances of 18th- and 19th-century works with folkish flavours.

Its virtuosic programs bring together the best of Australia’s early music and folk talent, weaving stories back through time, rediscovering folk melodies on period instruments and interpreting classical repertoire with flair.

Giusto Tenducci was the equivalent of an 18th-century rock star. He arrived in Edinburgh in 1766 with a thick Italian accent, his handsome looks and charms, a 15-year-old wife and the voice that had earned him a ‘seven-figure salary’ in London. A revered castrato, he inspired Scottish audiences with his virtuosity and wooed them with his tasteful performances of their own airs. Featuring the glorious voice of countertenor Austin Haynes and the renowned talents of early keyboard specialist Donald Nicolson, Evergreen Ensemble pays tribute to Tenducci’s Scottish adventures. They perform rarely heard Baroque sonatas and songs, including one of Tenducci’s own, and works by Italian artists like him who composed in Edinburgh in the 18th century. Likewise, the Scottish arrangements of J.C. Bach and Beethoven offer an exquisite portal to this exciting chapter of musical history.

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Evergreen Ensemble
Shane Lestideau Baroque violin
Katie Yap Baroque viola/violin
Lucy Price Baroque cello

Austin Haynes countertenor
Donald Nicolson fortepiano/harpsichord


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

Francesco Barsanti
Trio Sonata

Tommaso Giordani
Queen Mary’s Lamentation

Nicola Matteis
Ayres for the Violin, Book 4: suite

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
25 Scottish Folksongs for Soprano & Piano Trio, Op.108
2. Sunset