An excellent meeting, with some good performances, and lots of talking!
Rob MacKillop started the proceedings with Belle Heureuse from the Balcarres ms, followed by the song version by Lully, with Rob on baroque lute, Gordon Ferries on baroque guitar, and Elly Smith on the vocal part. It was interesting to hear the solo lute version next to the song version. Elly sang beautifully.
Finally, Rob performed Lute Study #1 by Karlin Love, printed in the current tab supplement from The Lute Society, which was influenced by the contemplative spirit of the French baroque luthistes, and was well received by the audience.
Bill Samson played a Prelude and Allemande by Mezangeau. This was Bill’s best performance yet, and his self-made 10c lute sounded mature and rounded. The Prelude was very impressive.
Graham Wylie gave a fascinating introduction to some music by Kellner. We were reminded how radical Kellner’s music could be compared to other German music of the period.
Gordon Ferries wowed everyone again with his exemplary performances on baroque guitar, this time some pieces by Corbetta. Very stylish playing, managing to be both rhythmic and melodic at the same time – a perfect marriage.
The meeting was well attended, with two more bodies than last time. It was nice to hear the spoken introductions placing the music in context, and highlighting some technical or musical features. The next one will be in roughly three months’ time. Watch this space.