Mhairi Lawson - soprano
Miki Takahashi - violin
Christopher Suckling - baroque cello
Jan Waterfield - harpsichord
Four of Britain’s leading baroque music specialists come together for a delectable programme built around Corelli’s violin sonatas. They were incredibly popular across Europe and dominated Italian instrumental music throughout the 18th century. Since then, violinists have revelled in the sonatas’ decorative possibilities, each discovering their own unique style. In his early years in Rome, the young Handel was deeply influenced by Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti who led the city’s richly creative musical life. Their music was first absorbed by the younger generation, then brought to a more entrepreneurial London and on to Scotland where the Italian style mingled with the Scots songs it met in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Gill and Charles Brooks and generously supported by Claire Knott and Richard Brooks.