The San Diego Early Music Society is a non-profit organization founded to showcase the musical treasures of Europe’s medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, as performed on period instruments and in accordance with historical practice. The Society was established in 1981 and has presented concerts in churches, small halls, museums, and homes — settings for which the music was composed.
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 – The Auditorium at TSRI – 7:30 pm
Fabio Biondi, violin and Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord:
Fabio Biondi has performed in the great concert halls both as a solo violinist and as the founding director of Europa Galante, one of Europe’s finest baroque ensembles. He is joined for this performance of works of Bach and Locatelli by American harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss. Weiss, who studied with Gustav Leonhardt, is active both as a soloist and as an opera director. He is on the faculty at the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Three of Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord feature on this concert, along with the Concerto Italiano (performed by Kenneth Weiss), and a sonata for violin and continuo by Bach’s contemporary, Pietro Locatelli.
Biondi’s violin playing was both finely poised and electric: full of energy, but never aggressively so, always elegant of phrasing and refined of tone. – Chicago Tribune
Mr. Weiss played with a graceful sense of line that transformed these dance pieces into full-fledged concert works. – New York Times
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