Press and Reviews
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Seattle Baroque Orchestra, which closed its season this weekend, has had
a year of superb, invigorating programs, encompassing 17th-century songs, a jazz
collaboration, Handel's "Messiah" at Town Hall and music tied together by its
use of similar bass-line patterns, or ground bass.
Saturday night at Nordstrom Recital Hall was one of its most stimulating, enlightening and fun programs with a comic opera, "La serva padrona," by Giovanni Pergolesi.
It was framed by two instrumental pieces of Telemann and Johann Gottlieb Graun, a generation younger than Telemann.
Monday, december 23, 2007
Handel's "Messiah" is one of the most durable works of music ever composed. It can tolerate the worst of performances and shines with the best. Whether one is speaking of its counterpoint, dramatic contrasts or sheer tunefulness, its genius wins the day.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Seven short, flowing movements had strings often creating washes of color with one or another instrument coming to the fore, with the tar, played by Koushkani, most prominent. Highly expressive, the tar is played with tremolo like a cembalum, its tone in shades between nasal and twangy, and the mood changed from peaceful to restive, emotional to mournful. At the end, the audience surged to its feet and roared approval.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Two things you might not expect on a Seattle Baroque Orchestra program: a contemporary work and an Iranian tar. You'll find both in this weekend's pair of Seattle Baroque Orchestra concerts, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall.
Monday, April 24, 2006
The Seattle Baroque Orchestra opened its weekend of performances on both sides of Lake Washington with a smile and cheery manner.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The chamber orchestra falls into a risky niche in the classical music world.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Matthews and Fogarty, in true trouper style, took the lead in describing the works in ways both amusing and immediate, so that they were connected to today's pop songs and the human condition when in love. And perhaps more than they would have otherwise, the three singers, often strumming Baroque guitars, acted out their songs with flashing eyes and eloquent gestures, drawing the audience in.
Friday, December 16, 2005
What marks Bach's Christmas music? "Joy," in a word, according to Matthews. "Whether the music is rousing or extroverted or tender, it is soulful. There is an expression of joy and contentment unmatched in the literature."
Friday, October 21, 2005
Seattle composer Peter Seibert, who with his wife, Ellen, is an icon in the early music scene in Seattle, is contributing "Sonata for String Orchestra." The sonata was commissioned by a patron of the orchestra, David Chui, in honor of his father, Hak-kun James Tsi of Hong Kong. The thematic material of the short work is based on the vowels of his name matched with symbols of a French system of ear training called solfege. The music is in part contrapuntal and three-voice canon.