St George's Hall Concert Room

Chamber Music

Red Priest: Gypsy Baroque Fantasy

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Telemann
Gypsy Sonata in A minor
Biber
Sonata No.1 in A major
André Campra
La Bohémienne
Byrd
Gypsies’ Round
Richard Nicholson
The Jew’s Dance
Anon/ Summerhayes
Slow Road to Uhrovska
Telemann
Concerto in E minor: Largo and Presto
Anon / Summerhayes
Sweet Uhrovska
Marcin Mielczewski
Canzona
Handel
Lascia ch’io Czardas
Vivaldi
The Gypsy and the Priest
Piers Adams
recorders
Adam Summerhayes
violin
Angela East
cello
David Wright
harpsichord

Music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Biber, Byrd and Mielczewski and Hungarian folk melodies.

They called him the Red Priest – but you probably know him better as Antonio Vivaldi. Led by “superhuman” recorder player Piers Adams, “baroque supergroup” Red Priest puts the fire back into the baroque, making every performance into a carnival. Tonight, it’s all about the gypsy spirit, with wild, folk-inspired music by Telemann, Handel and of course Vivaldi himself. If you’ve heard them before (they sold out last season), you won’t need telling twice: they’re hot stuff!

Purists would probably run a mile from what Red Priest does to this music, but virtuosity, verve and creative spontaneity are fused together in a way that makes the impact positively volcanic.
The Daily Telegraph

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