Oct 23, 2014

Academy of Ancient Music’s Pavlo Beznosiuk joins Tafelmusik for Theatre Of Magic: Music of the English Baroque with Joélle Harvey, Soprano

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"Pavlo Beznosiuk's virtuosity had me on the edge of my seat." — BBC MUSIC

Toronto, October 23, 2014 … Violinist and Guest Director Pavlo Beznosiuk joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for Theatre Of Magic: Music of the English Baroque, a programme of music inspired by the theatre, from November 19 to 23, 2014 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, in the newly-renovated Jeanne Lamon Hall. An audience Talkback with Mr. Beznosiuk and select musicians takes place after the November 19 performance.
 
Theatre Of Magic features selections from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Locke’s The Tempest, as well as Boyce’s Symphony in B Flat Major, Tartini’s Concerto for violin in G Major, Handel’s Concerto grosso in A Major, and arias from Handel’s Rinaldo sung by the “vivid and luminous” American soprano Joélle Harvey
 
In selecting the repertoire for this Tafelmusik programme, Beznosiuk decided to focus on the British love of drama and literature. “The programme captures a little of the musical variety available in the 'Golden Age' of British Baroque, from the spare genius of Matthew Locke's theatre music through to the dashing bonhomie of William Boyce via Purcell, and London's adopted son and giant of opera, Handel,” says Beznosiuk.  “Tartini is the odd man out in the programme, but I enjoy playing his Concerto for violin in G Major. Tartini is an underplayed composer and his music is somehow 'other'.”
 
The London-born, Irish/Ukrainian Pavlo Beznosiuk has secured his reputation as one of Europe's most respected Baroque violinists over the last 25 years, with a busy international career as soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and director.  He has a long association with the Academy of Ancient Music and over the last ten years has been a frequent Soloist/Director with the group, performing throughout Europe and the near and far East. Recent recital work has included performances of Biber's complete cycle of Rosary sonatas and concerts combining solo violin music of Bach with that of Berio and Bartok. He is a founding member of the early improvising group The Division Lobby.  As musical director of the Avison Ensemble he has completed an exhaustive recorded survey of the music of Charles Avison, and in 2010, released a recording of Handel's Op.6 Concerti Grossi.
 
A native of Bolivar, New York, Joélle Harvey is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. The critically-acclaimed soprano has been praised for her “wonderfully crisp phrasing and bright, precise coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle) and her “pristine soprano and excellent baroque technique.” (Opera Brittania). Harvey’s engagements this season include repeat appearances as Sicle in Ormindo with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Killkenny Festival, and role debuts as Marzelline in Fidelio with San Francisco Symphony and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera. On the concert stage, she appears with the Cleveland Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, LA Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, The Hague Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and the Pygmalion Ensemble.
 
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