Academy of Ancient Music thrill the audience at The Apex

AAM 2009 Photo: Marco Borggreve

Magical musicians thrilled a near sold out Apex with their unique style and adaptation of music stretching back to the middle of the 18th century.

Pieces by Bach, Haydn and Grimani were recreated by the Academy of Ancient Music at The Apex, last night (Monday, November 18).

Led by their director Richard Egarr his 18-piece chamber orchestra produced an amazing and often sublime programme of chamber music.

The concert also included remarkable renditions by countertenor James Hall and world famous Russian violist Viktoria Mullova who displayed her full versatility.

The first half consisted of Maria Margherita Grimani’s Sinfonia from Pallade E Marte (1713); Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach’s Symphony No 4 in A major (1773); and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantana “Bekennen will ich seinen Namen” (c1742), Concerto for Violin No 1 in A minor (c1730) and his Aria “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from St Matthew Passion (1727).

The second half was totally dedicated to works of Joseph Haydn which included Symphony No 4 in D major (between 1747 and 1761), “Fac me vere tecum flere” from Stabat Mater (1767) and his Concerto for Violin in G major (1750).

The orchestra produced a virtuoso array of pieces which entranced those lucky enough to get a seat for an absolutely delightful evening.

The Academy of Ancient Music is one of the world’s first period instrument ensembles and has been a pioneer in historically-informed Baroque performance; the whole orchestra working together to rediscover sounds which hadn’t been heard for hundreds of years.

They reveled in their expressive power of old instruments – flutes made out of wood, horns without valves, strings woven from gut.

The ensemble was founded in 1973 and remains at the forefront of the worldwide early music scene more than four decades on and last night’s performance enhanced their building reputation.

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