I have come across some complaints in reviews elsewhere regarding the sound quality, Natalie Clein's technical skill and the degree to which the two artists are responding to each other and have to say that while I think these are subtler, more initially restrained performances than I can imagine being the case with other performers, I hear nothing other than beautifully balanced sound, perfect harmony between the cello and the piano and completely satisfying variation in mood and dynamics.I wouldn't usually buy a CD of solo Cello music, but with Natalie Clein I decided to make an exception.Our workshop provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for both the dedicated amateur and the semi-professional musician.Our faculty of specialists in the field of early music includes internationally known performers and gifted teachers.Our week of concentrated playing and learning will be filled with beautiful works and interspersed with social gatherings with like-minded players from all around the country.These activities culminate in a night and a morning of very high-level student performances.We want to avoid modern print editions that have editors weighing in on musical decisions.Most 20th century editors aren’t referring to the historical treatises that we use in performance practice, so their editorial markings (dynamics, bowings, etc.) are usually more to a 20th century aesthetic.
Exploring the tradition of music written for voice, Baroque composers Dowland, Monteverdi and others will round out the program. We are thrilled to be joined by guest artist Elinor Frey for an all-Boccherini program.I have had the good fortune to have heard Natalie live in Glasgow when she performed the Haydn Cello Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2011.It was a brilliant performance and I really hope she records this, as she did the Elgar Cello Concerto in 2007.We are thrilled to have been invited for an artists' residencey at Avaloch Farm Music institute!We head out Sunday August 9th for a whole week of music making and planning/prepping for our next season and album! Rivers connected cities to major bodies of water—Hamburg on the Elbe, Lübeck on the Trave, Vienna on the Danube, Bremen on the Weser, Strasbourg, Mannheim and Cologne on the Rhein, and Paris on the Seine. Our 2017 San Francisco Early Music Summer Baroque Workshop explores the music of composers who worked in and travelled to these major centers: G. Telemann’s instrumental works for winds and strings, Claudio Monteverdi’s sacred and secular music, and Heinrich Schütz’ motets composed while visiting Venice.