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Concerts will followed by a brief live Q&A with the artists, and will be available for viewing after the Festival.
Sunday, July 18, 1:00 pm EDT
Saskia Coolen and Han Tol
Internationally renowned Dutch recorder virtuosi Saskia Coolen and Han Tol have long been important master performers and teachers at the Amherst Early Music Festival. They team up for a very special wide-ranging program that includes such well known composers as Thomas Morley and Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, and some lesser known surprises. Performance recorded in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Monday, July 19, 5:00 pm EDT
Seven Times Salt
Upon a Summer's Day
Tenor Michael Barrett joins Seven Times Salt for a tour of the English countryside in a celebration of summertime. We venture from gardens so green to woods so wild with dance tunes, love songs, and tales of fairy queens and ancient kings. At summer’s end, we toast at a country tavern. Music of Campion, Morley, Simpson, and Purcell, and others. Recorded at the Nathanial Allen House, West Newton MA.
Tuesday, July 20, 5:00 pm EDT
Texas Early Music Project
In this timely concert, TEMP re-enacts stories from Boccaccio’s mid-14th century Decameron. Several young Florentines, who are sheltering in a country villa to get away from the Black Plague, entertain each other with stories to pass the time.
Highlighted with 14th-century music, costumes, a script by Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Dr. Lawrence Rosenwald, and narration performed by Marc Pouhé. Recorded in Austin TX.
Thursday, July 22, 5:00 pm EDT
Love to my Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France
Like the troubadours in the South, the trouvères of Northern France wrote some of the most captivating vocal music of the 13th-century. In an age long before streaming, these poet-composers penned songs about public and private adoration. Sacred and secular allusions are woven together creating mystical and spicy meditations on love and longing. Newly-created choreographies based on contemporary sources add visual counterpoint to the melodies of vigorous popular tunes and courtly estampies. Recorded in New York.
Friday, July 23, 5:00 pm EDT
Kleine Kammermusik Plays Kleine Kammermusik
The group takes its name from a set of pieces Georg Philipp Telemann dedicated to four oboists of the Dresden court ensemble. The program is built around these charming pieces, from which we have crafted our own suite. Lush and virtuosic chamber music by Johann Friedrich Fasch and a beloved trio sonata by Geroge Friderich Handel complement the program as we celebrate the richness and variety of German Baroque music. This concert was recorded in Philadelphia’s historic Hill-Physick House, a perfect setting for chamber music.
Saturday, July 24, 1:00 pm EDT
The Lyre of Heaven: Harps in Medieval Drama and Baroque Opera
La Musica in Monteverdi’s 1607 Orfeo declared “With the golden harp, I charm mortal ears; with the lyre of heaven I touch souls.” Andrew Lawrence-King’s medieval harps and Italian Baroque triple harp will charm our mortal ears with music from the anonymous medieval Play of Daniel, and from works by Cavalieri, Monteverdi, and Purcell.