Retorica violin duo:Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo
play Baroque gems by Bach, Handel, Telemann and Bartok.
Saturday 25 April 6.30pm
Tickets: £15/£30 with dinner to follow.
“Riches vividly displayed by Retorica…dazzling“ Sunday Times, 2012
World-class musicians Philippa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie have performed to great acclaim all over the world since they met at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Highlights of their performing career include recitals in the most prestigious halls in China, including the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai SHAOC. They have performed throughout Europe and in Japan and have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Retorica’s debut CD “English Violin Duos” was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ recording and the ‘Must Hear’ CD for chamber music: “Superbly responsive playing from Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo…. faultless technique and unfailing insight” – Richard Whitehouse, 2013 Retorica have also received critical acclaim for their recording of John McCabe’s Double violin concerto on the Dutton Label. ”…their touch is quite virtuous.” Adriana Santerelli, BBC Music Magazine 2013 The uniqueness of Retorica lies in the quality of the two players as they perform the rare and expressive form of a violin duo. Their extensive repertoire together includes works by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Mozart, technical masterpieces by Wieniawski, folk-inspired works by Bartok, British works by Moeran, Rawsthorne and many works written and dedicated to them as well as the largely unexplored wealth and quality of repertoire for two violins and orchestra. They are proud to be expanding the repertoire, creating a legacy of recent works written for the duo by composers including Gabriel Prokofiev, John McCabe, David Matthews, Dmitri Smirnov, Jim Aitchison, Robert Fokkens, Ken Ueno, Deborah Pritchard, Taro Iwashiro and Sadie Harrison. Future highlights for 2015/16 include a second tour of China, a second tour of Germany, a second tour of Japan, tours of Scotland and Wales, a new work written for the duo by Robert Fokkens and the recording of Paul Patterson’s Double violin concerto ‘Allusions’.
Bach Invention No.2
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