baroque violin, classical violin, viola d’amore
chitarrone, baroque guitar, 19th century guitar
Two of today's most celebrated period instrumentalists combine to perform a diverse programme of Italian masterworks: three centuries of chamber music from stunning continuo sonatas to intimate guitar solos, culminating in Paganini's all-embracing Romantic passion, exuberance and virtuosity.
Elizabeth Wallfisch and David Miller have been longstanding colleagues in the early music world, performing together with the finest period instrument ensembles, including The King’s Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Raglan Baroque.
Friendship, combined with a special musical affinity, led to the formation of their duo, initially exploring the wealth of early violin and chitarrone repertoire. Further combinations of viola d’amore with baroque guitar, and classical violin with 19th century guitar, led to a unique programme of Italian chamber music from Castello to Paganini. This was first performed at the York Early Music Christmas Festival, and met with great acclaim.
Other joint performances include Vivaldi’s Concerto for lute & viola d’amore with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and a magical candle-lit presentation of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas at Bavaria’s Irsee Festival.
Music of the Italian Virtuosi
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