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DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING TRIO

DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING TRIO

Volume 2

Johann Christian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Sébastien Bréval, Carlo Antonio Campioni, François-Joseph Gossec, Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Ignaz Klausek, Antonio Vivaldi

THE VIVALDI PROJECT
Elizabeth Field, violin
Allison Edberg Nyquist, violin and viola
Stephanie Vial, cello

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Volume 2 of Discovering the Classical String Trio is a continuation of The Vivaldi Project’s exploration of the eighteenth-century string trio, of its relationship to the earlier Baroque trio sonata (as exemplified by Vivaldi and contemporaries) and of its role as an important genre in its own right, side-by-side with the emerging string quartet. The string trio, although largely overlooked during the past century, was manifestly popular in its day—at its compositional peak (c. 1760-1770) out-publishing the string quartet by a ratio of more than five to one! These forgotten works, some 2000 string trios by more than 200 composers, reveal not only a wonderful amalgam of instrumental techniques and styles, but also a significant, untold part of chamber music’s history.

Praised for its brilliant and expressive playing, The Vivaldi Project is dedicated to presenting innovative programs of Baroque and Classical string repertoire to both delight and educate audiences. Co-directed by Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, the period instrument ensemble takes its name from the virtuoso violinist and innovative composer Antonio Vivaldi in recognition of his uniquely pivotal position between late Baroque and early Classical composers. The repertoire includes well-known and beloved works as well as others rarely heard. The Vivaldi Project’s educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI), offers professional string players and advanced students the opportunity to study historical performance practices using modern instruments. [ www.thevivaldiproject.org ].

Violinist Elizabeth Field, distinguished for her passionate and stylistic playing on both period and modern instruments, is the founder of The Vivaldi Project. Field is concertmaster of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and also performs with a wide variety of ensembles throughout the United States, including Opera Lafayette in Washington, D.C. and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University. In addition to period instrument recordings for Dorian, Hungaroton, MSR, and Naxos, Field has performed and recorded regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon. Field holds a DMA from Cornell University in eighteenth-century performance practice, has held professorships at Sacramento State University and the University of California at Davis, and was a regular guest teacher at the Curtis Institute. Field’s DVD with forte-pianist Malcolm Bilson, Performing the Score, explores eighteenth-century violin and piano repertoire and has been hailed by Emanuel Ax as both “truly inspiring” and “authoritative.”

Violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist, whose playing has been described as impeccable and of unerring intonation and beauty, has performed throughout North America, collaborating with numerous Baroque ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, The Washington Bach Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Apollo’s Fire, and Ensemble Voltaire. Nyquist is currently concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and a member of Third Coast Baroque in Chicago. Formerly Artistic Director of Music City Baroque in Nashville and an adjunct professor of Baroque violin at the Blair School of Music, she also taught violin at Lawrence University, Ohio State University and at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Nyquist also served as professor of viola at Indiana State University and DePauw University. Her discography includes recordings for the Centaur, Delos, Eclectra, and MSR labels.

Cellist Stephanie Vial is widely respected, being praised for her technical flair and expressive sense of phrasing. Vial performs regularly in early music ensembles throughout the United States and has given solo and chamber music concerts, lectures, and master classes at numerous universities and institutions, including Boston Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, Duke University, University of Virginia, and the Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota. Vial holds a DMA in eighteenth-century performance practice from Cornell University, where she studied with John Hsu. Her book, The Art of Musical Phrasing in the Eighteenth Century: Punctuating the Classical “Period” [University of Rochester Press], was praised by Malcolm Bilson as “inspired scholarship” and “essential reading.” She has recorded for the Centaur, Dorian, Hungaroton, MSR, and Naxos labels and is currently a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


 
PROGRAM
JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH (1735-1782)
SONATA IN G MAJOR, B.37 (c.1755-1762) for two violins and basso
I. Allegrino
II. Tempo di Menuetto

CARLO ANTONIO CAMPIONI (1720-1788)
SONATA IN G MINOR OP.4, NO.2 (1762) for two violins with a thorough bass for harpsichord or violoncello
I. Largo andante
II. Allegro spiritoso
III. Allegro assai

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
DIVERTIMENTO IN D MAJOR, H.V:15 (c.1755-1762) for two violins and basso
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuet & Trio

JOHANN IGNAZ KLAUSEK (c.1720- c.1775)
TRIO IN B-FLAT MINOR (1769) a violino primo, violino secondo e basso
I. Allegretto
II. Andante
III. Fuga

FRANÇOIS-JOSEPH GOSSEC (1734-1829)
TRIO IN F MAJOR, OP.9, NO.3 (1766) pour deux violons, basse, et cors ad libitum
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo di Minuetto

JEAN-BAPTISTE SÉBASTIEN BRÉVAL (1753-1823)
TRIO CONCERTANT ET DIOLOGUÉ IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP.27, NO.4 (c.1786)
a violon, alto et violoncel
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Presto

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741)
SONATA DA CAMERA A TRE IN E MINOR, OP.1, NO.2 (1705) due violini e violone o cembalo
I. Grave
II. Corrente allegro
III. Giga allegro
IV. Gavotta allegro



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