Garth Knox -medieval fiddle/viola d’amore/viola
Sylvain Lemêtr - percussion
Agnès Vesterman - cello
A lot can happen in a thousand years. Condensing it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio steps up to the plate, tracing a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to Kaija Saariaho, taking in multiple stops along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell.
The trio are all very familiar to Irish audiences, their collective and vast experience in the fields of classical and contemporary music have brought us many fine and memorable occasions, but for this outing, they seek out the colours and textures of folk music to inform their witty arrangements. In this, they highlight the connections and similarities that exist between soundworlds of today and of hundreds of years ago, and Garth Knox's new composition, specially commissioned for this tour by Music Network as a companion piece to his Black Brittany, will sit across the centuries, mediating a conversation between past and present. The trio's gorgeous swirling string lines and tasty percussion open a new window on old music, proving that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time.
Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa | Guillaume de Machault Tels rit au matin | Medieval Dances (arr. Saltarello) | John Dowland Flow my tears | Henry Purcell Music for a while | Antonio Vivaldi Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393 | Marin Marais Folies D’Espagne for viola d’amore and cello | Black Brittany (traditional tunes) (arr. Saltarello) | David Fennessy 3 Hofer Photographs for solo cello | Gérard Pesson Tafelmusik for solo percussion | Garth Knox Song from the sea for trio (to include a new Music Network commission)