2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Period Instrument chamber music from six centuries around the Salish
• February 26 - March 6, 2016 •
Bernward Lohr (Germany) ~ harpsichord
Anne Röhrig (Germany) ~ baroque violin
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
|The Salish Sea Early Music Festival pays tribute to Hanover, Germany's
vibrant early music scene in this program of baroque trio sonatas, solos and duos with
harpsichordist Bernward Lohr, director of Hanover's Musica Alta Ripa,
one of Germany's most prominent period instrument ensembles, baroque
violinist Anne Röhrig, leader of the Hannoversche Hofkapelle (the
"Hanover Court Orchestra"), one of Europe's premier baroque orchestras,
and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan.
Lohr and Anne Röhrig are both professors at music conservatories in
both Hanover and Nuremburg, Germany. Their more than 30 recordings
have garnered awards including the Diapason Dòr, the Cannes Classical
Award, the German Recording Critics' Prize, and several times the Echo
Klassik. Both were awarded the 2002 Music Award of Lower Saxony.
• March 28 - April 9, 2016 •
FORTEPIANO & FLUTE
Henry Lebedinsky ~ fortepiano
Jeffrey Cohan ~ late 18th and early 19th-century keyed flutes
Cohan will play an 8-keyed flute of cocuswood, also known as Jamaican
ebony, a very hard wood, with silver keys and ornamental rings, made in
London in 1820 by George Rudall and perfectly suited to this chamber
music. In 1821 Rudall joined with Rose to make Rudall & Rose
flutes, which have found their way into the hands of the most
well-known Irish traditional music players, notably Matt Malloy and
Chris Norman, although theirs are flutes from about 15 years later with
a bolder and louder but less sweet sound.
• April 14 - 24, 2016 •
Ingrid Matthews ~ baroque violin
Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (Germany) ~ harpsichord
• May 9 - 17, 2016 •
John Lenti ~ theorbo & baroque guitar
Joanna Blendulf ~ viola da gamba
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
• June 4 - 13, 2016 •
1800: VIRTUOSO GUITAR & FLUTE
John Schneiderman ~ early 19th-century guitar
Jeffrey Cohan ~ 8-keyed flute (made in London in 1820)
|Please see links to left above for specific dates for each location.
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• January 2 - 17, 2016 •
TRIOS for GUITAR, FLUTE & VIOLA
Jeffrey Cohan ~ flute
Oleg Timofeyev ~ guitar
Stephen Creswell ~ viola
(early 18th-century instruments)
In Beethoven's day guitar, flute and viola was a popular ensemble for
which much early 19th-century chamber music was written. The program
will include the "Noturno pour Flûte, Viole et Guitarre, Opus 21" by Wenzeslaus Matiegka
(1773-1830), which caught Franz Schubert's attention in 1814; he
subsequently arranged it for his family's use with the addition of a
cello part and one additional movement. Also the "Sérénade pour Flûte,
Alto et Guitarre, Opus 83" by Gaspard Kummer (1795-1870), and an anonymous “Barynya” (Russia, 19th century) for solo guitar will be performed among other works.
40 years earlier in Poland and Bohemia, the European guitar was given
another string and tuned to a G major tuning. Although rare today, this
became the only guitar that was used almost exclusively throughout
Russia until the European 6-string guitar regained popularity after
Andres Segovia performed in Russia in the early 20th century. There are
a few guitarists that still prefer the 7-string instrument in Russia
and the Romani people ("Gypsies") of Russia use it exclusively. The
European music to be heard on this program from around Beethoven's time
would have been played in Russia on this instrument, as Mr. Timofeyev
will be doing.