Ensemble Links: Il Sussurro and Bravade

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February
2011

Ensembles of note, in their own words.

The Netherlands: Il Sussurro (Amanda Markwick, traverso, and Gerard van Vuuren, clavichord)

Italian for “whispering”, this name neatly describes our instruments: soft and caressing. We first met at a music course in Portugal, I was still playing harpsichord but thought of acquiring a clavichord and exploring its expressive possibilities, not just as a soloist but also playing with traverso. And as C.P.E Bach waxed lyrically about the clavichord being the ideal instrument to accompany the traverso, I thought I should give this a try with Amanda. It is a new way of playing and listening, not just for us, but also for the audience.

Finland: Bravade (Pauliina Fred, Sunniva Fagerlund, Hanna Haapamäki, and Hanna Kangasniemi, recorders)

…the only professional-like recorder quartet in Finland…we specialize in recorders from the Renaissance Era, and have begun our playing as an ensemble in 2004…[our] programs contain music from the Middle Ages to the present, featuring composers, such as Orlando di Lassus, J. S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Lotta Wennäkoski and Henrik Marstrander…Bravade has given concerts extensively in Finland at music festivals such as the Korsholm Music Festival, Vantaa Baroque, the Vanhassa Vara Parempi festival in Imatra, the Katedraali soi! concert series in Turku, as well as numerous church concerts throughout the land.

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