La Vaghezza is a trio sonata ensemble playing music from the 17th and early 18th centuries, with a special interest in the unpredictability, extravagance, originality and freedom found in 17th century Italian music.

Their musical interpretations are historically informed, but always guided foremost by their common sensibility as an ensemble and their search for ‘La Vaghezza’, an aesthetic concept which describes a beauty impossible to understand or grasp: like smoke, something calling to be touched yet remaining intangible. This programme is based on the significant production of instrumental pieces throughout the 17th century in Italy, spanning the Seicento cultural period, mainly in northern Italy, around Cremona and Venice. It is presented in four distinct sections, specially curated by the ensemble and based on their recent recording described as ‘vibrant, luminous and moving... a miracle’ by Revista Ritmo Magazine.

Ballo detto Eccardo, Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera (3')
Canzona a 3, Musiche Sacre (6')
Ballo detto Gennaro, Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera (2')
Cor mio non mori? E mori (diminutions by Mayah Kadish) (5')
Sonata Settima, Sonate a 1, 2, 3 per il violin o cornetto, fagotto…o simile altro istromento (6')
La Zorzi (3')
Bergamasca, Partite sopra diverse sonate (2')
Sonata a doi violini. Secondo tuono (6')
“Giovane donna sott’un verde lauro” (diminutions by Ignacio Ramal) (4')
Sinfonia Nona, “Sinfonie et gagliarde, Libro primo” (3')
Folias echa para mi Senora Dona Tarolilla de Carallenos, “Il primo libro di canzone, sinfonie, fantasie…” (4')

Every Friday from January to April we invite you to our historic Friday Lunchtime Concerts on the Suffolk Coast. Enjoy a warm respite from the winter winds and performances by brilliant young musicians from the UK and abroad. All ensembles in this year's series are Britten Pears Young Artists for 2022-23 and are on a Chamber Music Residency as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.

The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme is made possible with the generous support of our Trust & Foundations and Individual supporters.

We are grateful to the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, the Nicholson family in memory of Patricia Nicholson, and The Radcliffe Trust for their support toward Chamber Music in Residence.

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