Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble

Friday evening, April 22nd, we went to the Charles Allis Museum for a concert by the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble. The evening's performers were: Mimmi Fulmer, soprano; Brett Lipshutz and Monica Steger, traverse (transverse flute); Eric Miller, viola da gamba, baroque cello; Consuelo Sanudo, mezzo soprano; Anton TenWolde, cello; and Max Yount, harpsichord.

The concert began with "Occhi miei, che faceste?" HWV 146, by Georg Friedrich Handel, sung by Ms. Fulmer, accompanied by Mr. Yount and Mr. TenWolde. Ms. Fulmer is a very expressive singer with a lovely voice and made this a very enjoyable piece to listen to. Next was "Sonata for two German flutes and bass," by Flippo Ruge, played by Mr. Lipshutz and Ms.Steger, Mr. Yount. This was a very pleasant, mellow piece.

Then there was, "Sonata for viola da gamba solo," by Georg Philipp Telemann, played by Mr. Miller. Fascinating to listen to, and to watch. The viola da gamba is an awe-inspiring instrument with its seven strings. Sitting at chamber-music range, I was able to hear the sounds of fingers impacting the fretboard, which was a strange little percussive accompaniment.

"Pur ti miro," from L'incoronation di Poppea, by Claudio Montiverdi, Ms. Fulmer, Ms. Sanudo; Mr. Yount and Mr. TenWolde. This was a very nice rendition of this duet. Poppea may have been the first Baroque opera I experienced, and I have a fondness for it.

The second half began with "Duetto in G-major for two traversi," by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Mr. Lipshutz and Ms.Steger did a lovely job with this much more intricate piece for the two flutes. The two lines twined intricately about one another. After that, we had "Duets for two sopranos," from Madrigali, Book 7, Claudio Monteverdi as sung by Ms. Fulmer and Ms. Sanudo. Pieces from the Monteverdi Madrigal books seem to be a theme lately. This was a very pretty piece and nicely sung.

"Premier Concert," from Concerts Royaux, by Francois Couperin called for all the instrumentalists to take part in this multi-movement suite of dance-music inspired pieces. It was very enjoyable to hear them all working together. The concert ended with Antonio Vivaldi's "Di verde ulivo," from the opera "Tito Manlio." Ms. Fulmer did a lovely job with it, and ended the concert on a very satisfying 'note'.

We were very pleased with this concert, and will be watching for future Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble performances in our area.

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