Apocryphonia & The Rezonance Baroque Ensemble Current The Schobertiade

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L-R: Musicians Michelle Odorico (Photo courtesy of the artist); Laura Dean Jones (Photo courtesy of the artist); Alexander Cappellazzo (Photo courtesy of the artist); Andrea Botticelli (Photo courtesy of the artist); Rezan Onen-Lapointe (Photo: Bo Huang)
L-R: Michelle Odorico (Photograph courtesy of the artist); Laura Dean Jones (Photograph courtesy of the artist); Alexander Cappellazzo (Photograph courtesy of the artist); Andrea Botticelli (Photograph courtesy of the artist); Rezan Onen-Lapointe (Photograph: Bo Huang)

The Schobertiade, a chamber live performance offered by Apocryphonia in partnership with the Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, shouldn’t be a typo. With, because the poster broadcasts, sonatas, strings, fortepiano, and presumably toxic mushrooms, the live performance takes place June 14 in Toronto, and options sonatas by Johann Schobert, Giuseppe Agus, Paul Constantinescu, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, amongst different not often heard gems.

It’s Apocryphonia’s mission to highlight under-programmed and forgotten works from throughout the centuries. Performers embody Andrea Botticelli on the fortepiano, violinists Rezan Onen-Lapointe and Michelle Odorico, cellist Laura Jones, and tenor Alexander Cappellazzo.

The Music

The Schobertiade is programmed across the keyboard sonatas of 18th Century composer Johann Schobert. They’ll be carried out on interval string devices, together with a uncommon Kenneth Bakeman fortepiano.

Born in Germany, Johann Schobert moved to Paris to turn into a part of the family of Louis François I de Bourbon, prince de Conti. There, he wrote a number of works till his premature dying by ingesting toxic mushrooms – fungi he had insisted have been protected. After consuming a soup he’d ready, he, his spouse, all his youngsters apart from one, and the physician who’d advised him they have been protected, died. Whereas he’s largely unknown at present, in his period, he was an inspiration to a younger Mozart, spanning the transition from the Late Baroque to Early Classical eras.

London-based Italian composer Giuseppe Agus was a up to date of Schobert’s. As an artist, he went past the boundaries of the time, and achieved success in England. Born in Cagliari, his father was a musician within the Chapel of Cagliari, and he started his research on the violin at age 8. After a time of relative obscurity, he reemerged in London in 1750, the place he collaborated with the likes of Handel and Johann Christian Bach.

British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in 1872, and is taken into account one of many masters of the symphony of the twentieth century. On the age of three, his father died, and Williams would go on to check on the Royal Faculty of Music and Trinity Faculty, Cambridge. He’s turn into one in all England’s favorite composers, with works which might be broadly carried out. He was one of many first to journey as a way to gather people melodies, which inform his Cruel Magnificence, set to the phrases of poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Paul Constantinescu (1909 – 1963) was a Romanian composer, and a professor on the Bucharest Conservatory. He was fascinated by Byzantine people melodies, and have become an enthusiastic researcher, in addition to utilizing them in his compositions. He studied on the Bucharest Conservatory, and in Vienna below Joseph Marx.

L-R: Composers Ralph Vaughan Williams; Paul Constantinescu; manuscript copy by Giuseppe Agus; Johann Schobert (Public domain images)
L-R: Composers Ralph Vaughan Williams; Paul Constantinescu; manuscript copy by Giuseppe Agus; Johann Schobert (Public area pictures)

The Program:

  • Johann Schobert (1735 – 1767): Sonata in D Minor, Op. 14 No 4 (Andrea Botticelli, fortepiano; Rezan Onen-Lapointe, violin)
  • Paul Constantinescu (1909 – 1963): Sonata Bizantana, Mvt. 3 Finale (Laura Jones, cello)
  • Giuseppe Agus (1725 – 1800): Notturno in D Main (Rezan Onen-Lapointe, violin Michelle Odorico, violin Laura Jones, cello)
  • Johann Schobert: Sonata in C Minor, Op.14 No.3 (Andrea Botticelli, fortepiano; Michelle Odorico, violin)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958); Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340S – 1400): Cruel Magnificence (Rezan Onen-Lapointe, violin; Michelle Odorico, violin; Laura Jones, cello; Alexander Cappellazzo, tenor)
  • Johann Schobert: Sonata in Eb Main, Op.14 No.1 (Andrea Botticelli, fortepiano; Rezan Onen-Lapointe, violin; Michelle Odorico, violin; Laura Jones, cello)

The fortepiano, designed by Kenneth Bakeman, is one in all solely 42 replicas produced of a Viennese Walter fortepiano from ca. 1802. The fortepiano has a lighter sound than the fashionable piano, permitting for harmonic subtleties to be heard, notably in decrease registers.

The Performers

Andrea Botticelli, fortepiano

Canadian pianist Andrea Botticelli combines historic analysis together with her musical artistry. Together with the fortepiano, she performs on the clavichord, harpsichord, and modern piano in a profession that has taken her throughout North America and Europe. Whereas learning as a doctoral pupil on the College of Toronto, Andrea studied fortepiano efficiency as an alternate pupil at McGill College. She is an avid educator in addition to performer, and taught on the Glenn Gould College, the Phil and Eli Taylor Efficiency Academy of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), and the Oscar Peterson College of Music for 13 years earlier than opening a non-public educating studio.

Rezan Onen-Lapointe, violin

Rezan Onen-Lapointe is a contract specialist in historic violin efficiency. She is the founder and creative director of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, which launched its debut album James Oswald: Airs for the Seasons in Might 2023 on Leaf Music. Rezan earned a Bachelor of Training from the College of Toronto (OISE), and is an avid educator and coach, presently with a non-public violin studio. She is a daily performer with Aradia Ensemble. The Ensemble has recorded two albums on the Naxos label, together with the JUNO-nominated Vivaldi’s Sacred Music, vol. 4.

Michelle Odorico, violin

Michelle Odorico was born in Pickering Ontario. After research with a Suzuki instructor, she attended the Younger Artist Efficiency Academy on the Glenn Gould College, and was a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra throughout her highschool years. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Efficiency from the College of Ottawa, adopted by a Masters of Music on the College of Toronto specializing in Baroque violin below Tafelmusik’s late musical director, Jeanne Lamon. Michelle freelances with numerous ensembles in Toronto, together with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier.

Laura Jones, cello

Laura Jones performs on the fashionable cello, historic cello, and viola da gamba. She is a longstanding core member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, together with performing because the cellist of the Windermere String Quartet and a founding member of Nota Bene Baroque Gamers. She can also be the cellist and arranger for the Talisker Gamers, and in that capability has labored with a few of Canada’s most famous singers.

Alexander Cappellazzo, tenor

Alex holds a Bachelor’s and Grasp’s diploma in Vocal Efficiency and Opera from Montreal’s McGill College and is a member of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. In 2022, he based Apocryphonia and the Diapente Quintet, and has produced 9 concert events since then. As a performer, he has sung 32 completely different roles with corporations that embody VOICEBOX: Opera In Live performance, Toronto Metropolis Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera By Request, OperOttawa, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Ashkenaz Pageant and choirs together with the Trinity Bach Undertaking, Oakville Choral Society, Jubilate Singers, Brott Music Pageant, and Metropolitan United Church.

  • Discover particulars and tickets (PWYC) for the June 14 efficiency [HERE].

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