Vox Nostra with Vlad Smishkewych Sunday 25 June 2017
Coming up on Vox Nostra on Sunday 25th June
German gamba and cello virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel was born into a musical life in Köthen.
His father was the succesor to Bach as maestro of the court orchestra when Johann Sebastian moved to Leipzig, and Abel junior eventually ended up under Bach's own tutelage at the Thomasschule, bringing the connection full circle.
After an extended gig with Hasse's renowned orchestra in Dresden, he moved to London to be Queen Charlotte's court musician, where he was joined by Johann (John) Christian Bach, who would become known as the "London Bach" and with whom Abel shared a strong frienddship and a thriving subscription concert series. This Sunday's Vox Nostra features music from the World of Bach and Abel, performed by two virtuosi whose performances of the composer Abel grace the stages of concert halls and festivals around the world: Elinor Frey, cello, and Petr Wagner, viola da gamba.
Vox Nostra and RTé lyric fm celebrated the European Day of Music with a fanfare of festivity.
The 21st March marked not only Bach's birthday and the spring equinox, but also the
European Day of Early Music! In this fifth celebration of the special day, RTE lyric fm joined forces with REMA, the European Early Music Network, for a day filled to the brim with a thousand years of glorious music, historic instruments, and live concerts all around Ireland.