7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
“Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet”
—Stephen Pettitt, The London Evening Standard
Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J. S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock and Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory – Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes and Byrd – have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music. The consistently high standards they have achieved have brought music old and new to audiences hitherto unfamiliar with the inspiring sound-world of the viol.
Fretwork and one of Europe’s leading lute players, Elizabeth Kenny, will accompany The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s My Days. The program will also feature The Cries of London; In Nomine; See, see the word incarnate; and Behold thou has made my days by Orlando Gibbons as well as works by Byrd, Tallis, and Sheppard and lute songs by John Dowland.