On Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m. Scaramella presents the second program of its 2018-2019 season The Singing Cello, with little-known gems by the two most famous and virtuoso cellists of the mid-18th century, Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco (1710-1805) and Antonio Vandini (1690-1778). Vandini was the cello teacher at La Pietà in Venice alongside Vivaldi, where he played the cello using an underhand bow grip, like a viola da gamba and his pyrotechnic writing goes so high on the cello, you’d almost imagine he conceived this music for the violin… After devoting the past few years to these composers and their playing techniques, superstar Elinor Frey will prove it CAN be done, with both style and aplomb. She is joined for this concert by Lucas Harris (archlute) and Joëlle Morton (G violone). The performance takes place at Victoria College Chapel, on the University of Toronto campus. Tickets will be available at the door, and are also available for advance purchase through the website.
Fascinated by the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Her recent release on the Belgian label Passacaille, Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, was nominated for a Juno award for Best Classical CD, Solo & Chamber Music and won the 2015 Québec Opus Prize for Early Music CD of the year. Her first Baroque CD, La voce del violoncello, was praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star) and for the “honest, reflective beauty of her music making” (Strings). Her performance of this program was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. In Summer 2017, she released Fiorè, the world premiere recording of the sonatas of Angelo Maria Fiorè and various unknown Italian arias the, performed alongside Lorenzo Ghielmi and Suzie LeBlanc. Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky, and her CD of new works for Baroque cello, titled Guided By Voices, will be released on the Analekta label in March 2019.
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