WILD MEN OF THE BAROQUE
PIERS ADAMS recorders & DAVID WRIGHT harpsichord
“Superhuman virtuosity, a laughing recklessness and style you can't buy ”
Piers Adams and David Wright, co-members of Red Priest, bring all of the energy and freedom of the super-group into their duo recitals. With an astonishing, larger-than-life range of virtuoso techniques and expressive colours they walk boldly through the wild side of the baroque, and as natural raconteurs, they lead the audience through the unchartered landscape of the era with fascinating insights into the music and instruments – and some spicy anecdotes about the lives of the composers.
Their journey begins in the surreal musical world of the Seicento (17th century), a fascinating, forgotten era when fantasy and invention ruled over form and formality - the focus of their CD 'Wild Men of the Seicento'. From the earliest sonatas of the Italian school to the bizarre meanderings of Heinrich Biber this music never ceases to amaze the innocent bystander! From here the duo moves into the more familiar territory of the High Baroque with virtuoso music by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi and others. A must-hear programme for cognoscenti as well as those new to early music.
“My thanks to you and David for a wonderful evening of music on Sunday. It's fair to say you came, you saw, you conquered. The audience were totally captivated for the entire concert, and I have received numerous messages expressing their delight at having attended the concert.” Director, Newton Stewart Music Society - Oct 2023