Vivaldi Project Newsletter
Winter 2019 Issue
Great reviews for Volume 2 of Discovering the Classical String Trio are coming in! Our favorite line so far: "Additional volumes like this and the first one would be most welcome.”
"The group’s exquisite sense of ensemble, vibrant sound, and ardent cantabile represent period instrument playing at its best. The ensemble is captured in vibrant recorded sound, and this disc once again comes recommended with great enthusiasm. The period instrument world could use more practitioners like The Vivaldi Project." Fanfare Magazine [January 2019]
" The playing (on period instruments) is delightful and this disc, like [Volume 1], would be a welcome addition to any library collection.”
CD HotList for Libraries [December 2018]
* * * * “The Vivaldi Project, whose three members play with consummate skill throughout this disc, can spin out its rediscovery of trios of this era for quite some time if it so chooses... Additional volumes like this and the first one would be most welcome.”
InfoDad.com [November 2018]
* * * * “lively... dynamic contrasts... buoyant charm... lush unison... sporty dialogue... suave, strutting phrases... bravura charm... virtuoso status... sonority and resonance... intelligent play...”
Audiophile Audition [November 2018]
In October, Liz and Stephanie began work on their performance practice video series, filming their first segment on historical string techniques. The editing process is underway and the initial video, made possible by a grant from the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, will serve as an important pilot for seeking additional funding and developing the series.
We were honored to work with videographer, Ross Corsair. Here he is getting some still shots of sheet music and instruments at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham, NC.
The Vivaldi Project was thrilled in December to play again with wonderful harpsichordist, Elisabeth Wright, for performances in DC on the St. George Episcopal Early Music Series, and in Chapel Hill on the UNC campus. The program, titled Les Goûts-Réunis, focused on the cross-pollination between French and Italian Baroque styles, featuring music by Vivaldi, Corelli, Caldara, Bononcini, Rebel, Couperin, Barrière and Leclair. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described "the intonation, phasing, and tone of the string players" as "superb throughout. Ornamentation was applied tastefully. Wright's keyboard support was a model of clarity that gave constant pleasure."
Allison, Elizabeth, Stephanie, and Elisabeth post-concert at Person Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Elisabeth Wright coaching graduate students from James Madison University in a masterclass at St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA
Video segment of Elisabeth and Stephanie rehearsing the wild second movement Allegro of Barrière's cello sonata Book 3, no. 4
We were delighted to perform again at Shepherd University for the wonderful Shepherdstown audience.
Allison demonstrating the development of the violin bow during a lecture at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of music.
Liz and Stephanie working with the students in a Baroque techniques class at Belmont University in Nashville.