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Latin American Baroque


Repast explores the convergences of European and Indigenous cultures in the music of 17th and 18th Century Latin America and Spain. With guests Nell Snaidas, soprano, Charles Weaver, guitar, and Theresa Salomon, violin.

Rafael Antonio Castellanos (Guatemala Cathedral): Oygan una Xácarilla
Anonynous (Moxos Archivos Bolivia) (Late 18th-Century): Folias
Anonymous (Trujillo del Peru): Bayle del Chimo
Anonymous (Trujillo del Peru): Lanchas para baylar
Anonymous (Trujillo del Peru): Tonadilla El palomo
Sebastián Durón: Al Dormir el sol en la cuna del alva
Francisco Manalt (Spain): Violin Sonata in F Minor (Madrid, 1757)
Domenico Scarlatti: Fandango for Solo Harpsichord
José Marín: Song for Soprano & Guitar
Santiago de Murcia: Solo guitar piece
Jose de Orejón y Aparicio (Lima, Peru): Mariposa


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François Couperin and Friends


Repast celebrates the artistry and humor of François Couperin and other French baroque composer such as Marais, Leclair and Jacquet de la Guerre. 

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Trio Sonata in C Minor, No. 2
François Couperin: Sonata in A Major, No. 12 for two violas da gamba
Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata for two violins in G Minor, Op. 12 No. 5
Jacques Morel: Chaconne in G Major for violin, viola da gamba, & b.c.
Marin Marais: Le Labyrinthe in A Major for viola da gamba & b.c
F. Couperin: Suite in E minor, from 17th Ordre for solo harpsichord
F. Couperin: La Sultanne in D Minor/Major for two violins, two violas da gamba & harpsichord


Handel and the Voice


Repast celebrates Handel’s lyric gifts with guest baritone Jonathan Woody and violinist Theresa Salomon, along with works by Vivaldi, Purcell, and Telemann.

Handel: Sinfonia in B-flat, HWV 339
Handel: “Piu contento e piu felice” from Ariodante, Act 1, Scene 6, in B-flat
Vivaldi: Sonata for Vln & BC in C Major, RV 754
Handel: Allegro from Harpsichord Suite in E Minor, HWV 429    
Purcell: Now that the sun hath veiled his light (“Evening Hymn”) (Z. 193)
Vivaldi: Ch’alla Colpa fa traggitto (from Armida, al Campo d’Egitto, RV 699)
Handel: Sonata for Vln & BC in D Major, HWV 371
Telemann: Sonata in f minor for Bassoon and B.C., TWV 41: f1
Handel: Spande ancor a mio dispetto (HWV 165)


Italians Abroad


In the Baroque period, Italy was the source of many acclaimed virtuosi, and the place where other European musicians went to study with the great masters. Italian musicians toured more, were more sought after by foreign courts, and earned more than their colleagues in the same orchestras. Italy was also a leading exporter of instruments, manuscripts, and prints. With "Italians Abroad," Repast pays homage to the Italian musicians who traveled abroad to make their imprint on the international scene.

Nicola Matteis: Passagio rotto—Fantasia––Diverse Bizzarie sopra la vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciacona
Francesco Geminiani: Variations on an English Tune
Francesco Maria Veracini: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 2, No. 5
Francesco Geminiani: Cello  Sonata
Ignazio Albertino: Sonata No. 4 in C Minor
Alessandro Scarlatti: Toccata in D Minor
Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata in B Flat, Op. 5, No. 4


Goldberg Variations


Our own arrangement of Bach’s monumental harpsichord work, perhaps written to soothe an insomniac aristocrat. Performed here with flute, violin, cello, bassoon and harpsichord, Repast’s version of this late masterpiece keeps some variations in their original keyboard form, while arranging others for chamber ensemble. The canons and variations can be heard this way with different timbers, bringing out the vocal quality of the lines and allowing the listener to follow each individual voice distinctly.


Queen Christina's Musical Realm


Queen Christina of Sweden was a fascinating personality, on the one hand celebrated for her intellectual brilliance, and on the other vilified for her scandalous behavior. Educated like a prince rather than a princess, she excelled in philosophy, classical literature, math, religion, and languages. On reaching maturity, she made a series of radical decisions: first refusing to marry, then abdicating her throne, converting to Catholicism, and relinquishing her kingdom in Sweden for a life in Rome. A great lover of music, she supported musicians throughout her life. Repast performs music from her travels through Europe as well as from her Roman salons, including works by Corelli, Allessandro Scarlatti, Carlo Lonati, and Carolus Hacquart, with guest violinist Beth Wenstrom.

Matthew Locke: Suite in D Minor/Major, from The Little Consort
Nicolaus à Kempis: Symphonia à 2 Op. 3, No. 18 (1649)
Carolus Hacquart: Sonata à 3, Op. 2, No. 5 (1686)
Massimiliano Neri: Canzon à 3, Op. 1, No. 1 (1644)
Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde: Susana Pasegiata (1638)
Antonio Bertali: Sonata à 3 (1662)
Carl Ambrogio Lonati: Sinfonia à 2 in G minor
Bernardo Pasquini: Passacaglia in C Major
Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1
Carl Ambrogio Lonati: Violin Sonata in G minor No. 2
Alessandro Stradella: Symphonia à 2 in F Major


Savages in the Salon

                 Music from Paris in the Raging 1730s


Inspired by the Parisian fascination with the exotic, Repast performs  music by Rameau and his circle, including Telemann and Leclair, from the salons and theaters of High Baroque Paris.  The program includes excerpts from Rameau’s opera, "The Gallant Savages," featuring scenes with North American Indians as well as Incas, Turks, and Persians. Performed with guest flutist Emi Ferguson. 

Georg Philipp Telemann: “Paris” Quartet in A Major TWV 43:A1 (1738)
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièce de Claveçin en Concert No. 5 in D
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Sonata in C major Op. 66, No. 1 (1737)
Jean-Marie Leclair: 2nd Récréation de Musique in G minor (1737)
Michel Blavet: Flute sonata in D major Op. 2, No. 5 (1732)
J.-M. Leclair: Violin sonata in B-flat Major, 3rd Book, No. 4 (1734)
“Savage Suite” (All pieces by Rameau except violin/flute duo in G minor)


Capriccio Stravagante


Capriccio Stravagante examines the fascinating symbiosis of the Italian and German baroque styles. Beginning in northern Italy, Repast’s program works its way northward through Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna, featuring music for violin, dulcian (the early bassoon), cello, and harpsichord. The program includes violin virtuoso Heinrich Biber’s F Major sonata and a modern “response” to Biber’s meditation: the Fratres of Arvo Pärt played here on baroque violin, baroque cello, and harpsichord.

Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata 12 in D Minor
Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde: Canzon in A Minor
Bernardo Storace: Ciaconna in C Major
B. de Selma y Salaverde: Fantasia a basso solo
Biagio Marini: Sonata Variata No. 4, Op. 8
Dario Castello: Sonata No. 8 in G Major
Ignazio Albertini: Sonata in C minor No. 4
Johann Jakob Froberger: Toccata in A Minor No. 12
Heinrich I. F. von Biber: Sonata in F Major No. 3
Arvo Pärt: Fratres


Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord


A program of four sonatas from Bach’s works for violin and obligato harpsichord, these works are masterpieces in the early sonata repertoire.

Sonata in A Major, BWV 1015
Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017
Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018
Sonata in G Major, BWV 1019


Bach's Musical Offering


Repast puts J.S. Bach’s great contrupuntal work in context by creating a setting for the story of Bach’s visit to King Frederick and the musical challenge he faced on his arrival. This program begins with "Entry Music" by CPE Bach, who worked in Frederick’s court, while audience members settle in their seats.  We then introduce the theme that King Frederick presented to Bach to prove his improvisational skills. Our performance of the complete Musical Offering, which Bach sent to Frederick after his return home, includes a movement by CPE Bach as a tribute to his father.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonia in A Minor, Wq. 156
Johann Sebastian Bach: A Musical Offering to His Royal Majesty in Prussia, etc., most humbly dedicated by Johann Sebastian Bach
C.P.E. Bach: Adagio ma non troppo from Sonata in B-flat, Wq. 161/2
J. S. Bach: A Musical Offering, continued 


Bach's Art of Fugue


Performed with string quartet and harpsichord, Repast explores Bach’s sojourn on the fugue that achieves both ingenius counterpoint and exquisite beauty.