The Klassique Baroque Festival

Written by on 29th Sep 2020


22nd Oct 2020

The Klassique Baroque Festival takes place for the first time this year and is a collaboration between two of South Africa’s classical music festivals: Klein Karoo Klassique, which takes place annually in Oudtshoorn, and the Cape Town Baroque Festival, presented in Cape Town annually.

These festivals could not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but are now joining forces to present four exclusive music concerts. The concerts were recorded especially for this online festival, with the support of the Rupert Music Foundation. Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos made a Fazioli piano available for the concert recordings.

The first of these concerts will debut on Thursday, 1 October. Thereafter, a new performance is released every Thursday. Concerts are available from 18:00 on the respective Thursday until Saturday, 31 October at midnight.

Lynelle Kenned (soprano), Ralitza Macheva (baroque violin), Refiloe Olifant (baroque violin) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord) commence the programme with Misshapen Pearls, an exciting programme that focuses on the strong contrasts in Baroque music, as well as the improvisation aspect of music from this period, which forms an intrinsic part of its aesthetics.

With Haydn in London, members of Camerata Tinta Barocca [Liesl Stoltz (flute), Refiloe Olifant (first violin), Bonolo Kgaile (second violin), Lynn Rudolph (viola), Cheryl de Havilland (cello), Mariechen Meyer (double bass) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord)] perform Joseph Haydn’s beloved Surprise Symphony as arranged for chamber music ensemble by Johann Peter Salomon. The programme is supplemented by CPE Bach’s Hamburger Sonata for flute and continuo, first published in 1786.

Janel Speelman (soprano) and Esthea Kruger (piano) present a programme of lieder and music for solo piano in 1840 by Robert Schumann. All the lieder in this programme date from 1840, Schumann’s so-called Liederjahr, also the year in which he married Clara Wieck. It includes works from the song cycle Myrthen Op. 25 and Liederkreis Op. 39. Kruger also performs the Sonata no. 2 in G minor Op. 22. The second movement of this work is based on Im Herbste, one of the lieder in this programme.

The highly acclaimed Zomari Duo [Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) and James Grace (guitar)] concludes the Klassique Baroque Festival with Histoire du Tango, a diverse performance of exciting South American music for flute and guitar. The programme uses the iconic work of Astor Piazzolla, L’histoire du tango, as a starting point. It also contains works by Brazilian composer Celso Machado and Argentine Máximo Diego Pujol.

Tickets for these four online concerts are available at Quicket until 31 October at only R100 per performance at this link:

A limited number of packages, including all four performances, are available at R300.

For more information about the concert series and each programme, click here.

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