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Event 22: Wieland Kuijken

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York
Thursday 11 July 7:30pm

Adults £25.00 | Concessions £20.00 | Students £5.00

Please note that row A is the back row and row H is the front row.

Asako Morikawa viols
Terence Charlston harpsichord
Virtuoso Viol

When the French viol player André Maugars played in Rome in 1635 his virtuosity surprised all who heard him since the instrument was no longer popular in Italy. Returning to Paris he began a tradition of great French player-composers for the instrument, which reached a peak of perfection in the hands of St. Colombe and his pupil, Marin Marais. Marais'' playing apparently had an airy tone and refined graceful style: he played ''like an angel'' in comparison with the ''devilish'' Forqueray, whose music flashed with Italianate flamboyance. As elsewhere in Europe the polished sonata style of Corelli worked its magic in Paris: Couperin in particular shows his understanding of the Roman''s achievement. Today''s programme explores some of the highlights of French virtuoso viol music, and is performed by one of the world''s greatest players of the instrument.