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Age of Discovery presents: Journey to Brandenburg II

Age of Discovery presents: Journey to Brandenburg II

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  • Sun 24 Jun ’12, 7:30pm


The University of Auckland Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Concession (Seniors and students): $20.00
  • Children up to secondary age: $0.00


Age of Discovery

The Early Music underground is stepping into the light, thanks to James Tibbles and his ensemble, Age of Discovery.

On June 24 at the Auckland University School of Music Theatre, they perform an all-Bach concert, as part of their mission to open our ears to the wonderful sounds of historical instruments and the musical riches of the baroque and renaissance world.

The concert includes some well-known favourites, including Brandenburg Concerto No 6, featuring two violas da gamba, and the joyful concerto for two recorders and harpsichord, BWV 1057. The programme also includes Bach’s rarely heard Triple Concerto in A minor, which uses violin, baroque flute and harpsichord to draw a filigree of spiderweb delicacy over the restless light and shade of the accompanying strings. Alongside Tibbles, recorder player Kevin Kim solos in the more intimate chamber sonata in C, while Polly Sussex will showcase the viola da gamba in the sonata BWV 1027..

Age of Discovery’s specialty is music of the Renaissance and Baroque. It is music from a time when Europe was expanding into a new world of geographical and scientific knowledge. The impetus to discovery in all directions seemed boundless. The music reflects these expanded horizons with a new complexity.

For the music lover, the last 30 years has offered another journey of discovery, as passionate advocates of early music, such as Tibbles, have revealed something much closer to the sounds that Bach and his contemporaries heard.

What a discovery it is, for anyone who grew up with the strident torture of school recorders, to hear the sweet, dove-like sounds of a Baroque recorder played by a master. It is also a revelation to hear a Bach concerto played in the stripped, sinewy colours of Baroque violins and violas da gamba instead of a mass of modern strings.

Age of Discovery is a flexible consortium of early music specialists created from a pool of talented players that Tibbles has nurtured over the years. It includes many who have studied and played with leading baroque and renaissance specialists in Europe and beyond. Featured soloists in this programme include:

Graham McPhail
Sally Tibbles
Polly Sussex
Kevin Kim
And Artistic Director James Tibbles

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