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Grace & Splendour

Wairarapa - Book Now

Colombo Martinborough, 107 Todds Road, Martinborough - Friday 7 December 2018 at 7:30pm. Winery open freom 6pm

Palmerston North - Book Now

Te Manawa Museum, 326 Main St, Palmerston North - Saturday 8 December 2-18 at 7:30pm

Wellington - Book Now

Hall of Memories, National War Memorial, Buckle Street - Sunday 9 December 2018 at 7:30pm

Tickerts $30 (concessions $20)
Seating at all venues is limited - bookings essential
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info@restorationensemble.co.nz | www.restorationensemble.co.nz | Phone: 021 256 5691


RESTORATION invites you to a special performance of our programme of baroque music, entitled GRACE & SPLENDOUR: the French and Italian world of JS Bach.

This programme includes two of Bach’s best-loved works: the French-style Overture Suite in D major, and the Italian-style Violin concerto in A minor, played by our superb guest violinist visiting from Australia, Lucinda Moon.

Lucinda Moon was born in NZ, the daughter of NZ Opera founder Donald Munro and Jean McCartney, principal viola of the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra. Lucinda returned from training in Europe to become concertmaster for many years of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and is now in demand as a member and leader of several baroque ensembles in Australia.

Also on the programme are works by Rameau and Vivaldi, providing a further context of French grace and Italian splendour, as well as a fascinating suite by Georg Muffat, who combined the two dominant national styles in his native Germany, in much the same way Bach did a few years later. ‘Grace and splendour’ is a phrase Muffat used in his performing instructions in the printed edition of his suites.

RESTORATION uses original baroque instruments, and the styles and techniques of the time, to recreate 17th and 18th century music as closely as possible to the way it was originally composed and heard. This is not for mere historical accuracy, but because we believe it allows the music to speak to us across the centuries with its most powerful and expressive voice. The past is indeed a foreign country – its language, manners and culture are very different from those of our own era, where we are harried on all sides by excessive speed and noise and a relentless demand for self-expression. All of this seeps unawares even into the way baroque music is usually heard in New Zealand in the 21st century. But there is another, more radical approach, drawing instead on the broader cultural context and the aesthetic principles dominating society in the baroque era. By focusing on the majesty and noble demeanour of this music, designed for the rituals and entertainments at the courts of patrons and rulers, Restoration goes to the heart of its original style and sound world.

Seats at all venues are very limited so bookings are essential.

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