Extravagant and Virtuosic Music of the German Seventeenth Century
April 13 & 14 8 pm
As our guest ensemble, we are proud to present Quicksilver, the hot new ensemble of virtuoso players of early Baroque music. At one of their recent concerts, The New York Times reported that “the audience was on its feet cheering and hooting as if it were at a rock show.” Fantasticus features extravagant music from 17th-century Germany for violins, sackbut, dulcian and continuo, with works by Buxtehude, Bertali, Weckmann and Schmeltzer.
All virtuoso soloists in their own right, and together their playing is drop-dead gorgeous.
Early Music America
Learn more about Quicksilver:
“Revered like rock stars within the early music scene” (New York Times), Quicksilver brings together leading historically-informed performers in North America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres,” (Early Music America) and praised as “irresistible” (Fanfare Magazine), Quicksilver vibrantly explores the rich chamber music repertoire from the early modern period to the High Baroque. The ensemble has been featured at numerous music series and prestigious festivals, receiving critical acclaim, standing ovations and repeat invitations. Recent appearances include Carnegie Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music in Historic Sites – LA, Boston Early Music Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Early Music Now – Milwaukee, Dumbarton Oaks- DC, Houston Early Music, Early Music Hawaii, Music Before 1800 and San Diego Early Music Society. Quicksilver’s debut recording, Stile Moderno: new music from the seventeenth century was described as “Breakthrough of the Year…breathtaking” (Huffington Post) and “convincing…terrific” (Early Music -Oxford Journal). Quicksilver’s latest recording, Fantasticus: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th Century Germany has been named one of The New Yorker’s Ten Notable Recordings of 2014 , praised as “Fantasticus, indeed” (Gramophone) and a “recommended purchase!” (Osterreichische Musikzeitschrift/Austrian Music Journal). Quicksilver’s recording The (very) First Viennese School is forthcoming next season. Visit their website here.