Lisete da Silva (baroque flute)
Farran Scott (baroque violin)
Tatty Theo (baroque cello)
Robin Bigwood (harpsichord)
Bach Trio Sonata BWV1038 in G
Handel Cello Sonata in G
Leclair L'Ainé Deuxieme Recréation de Musique d'une exécution facile Op.8 in G minor
Handel Trio Sonata Op.2/1 in B minor
Rameau Pièce de Clavecin en Concerts No.1
Telemann Paris Quartet No.1 in D TWV43:D3
…The Brook Street Band plays stylishly, with well-nigh impeccable intonation and tremendous verve. Delightful. [BBC Music Magazine]
The Brook Street Band takes its name from the London street where composer George Frideric Handel lived from 1723-1759. The Band was formed in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo and rapidly established itself as one of the UK’s leading Handel specialists, winning grants, awards and broadcasting opportunities from various organisations including BBC Radio 3 and the Handel Institute. Eighteenth century chamber repertoire has always been the Band’s driving passion, focussing particularly on Handel’s music. However, in recent years the Band’s activities have also expanded to include regular collaborations with conductors, choirs and venues on larger-scale Handel vocal works. It is currently involved in several long-term projects with the London venue St. John’s Smith Square, exploring Handel’s chamber repertoire and performing Handel’s oratorios.
The Brook Street Band regularly broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and its extensive discography for AVIE has been singled out to critical acclaim; the Band’s debut CD “Handel Oxford Water Music” was selected as Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice, as was its “JS Bach Trio Sonatas”. Of The Band’s most recent recordings, BBC Radio 3 Record Review had this to say about “Handel Trio Sonatas Opus 2”: “ These are grown-up performances from The Brook Street Band. Finely balanced, deliciously spiced, infectiously musical!”. Early Music Today wrote “an impressive recording and some infectious music-making from two performers who clearly take great pleasure in playing together” about “JS and CPE Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba (Cello) and Harpsichord.
Pre-concert talk by Tatty Theo at 5.30pm in the Brockway Room
Photo (c) Dan Bridge