Trinity Baroque Succeeds with Baroque Favorites
by John Mortison
New Trinity Baroque presented their first concerts
of the new year entitled "Pachelbel's Canon and
other Baroque Favorites". The aptly name program
was indeed a collection of some baroque favorites
as well as some not so familiar pieces. It featured
two new (to this group) players, James Gallagher of
Dallas, TX on baroque violin and Mark Husey, music
direcor of St. Jude the Apostle Church on harpsichord.
New Trinity regulars Mirna Ogrizovic and Sinisa Ciric
on baroque violins filled out the ensemble. Artistic
Director Predrag Gosta lent his rich baritone voice
to the vocal numbers.
program was a well balanced collection of vocal
and instrumental numbers of varying ensembles. It
opened with Johann Pachelbel's (1653-1706) famous
Canon and its less often heard companion Gigue.
group's sense of tempo and ensemble was spot on
with each variation flowing seamlessly upon the
prior one. Following
was a cantata by Christoph Graupner (1683-1760),
"Jesu, fuehre meine Seele". The mood of
this cantata was quite happy and the group carried
this across well. Mr'
Gosta's clear diction and fine tone declaimed the
came some more old favorites. The Air from J.S. Bach's
(1685-1750) Suite No. 3 for Orchestra, Claudio Monteverdi's
(1567-1643) motet "Laudate Dominum", and
the Aria "Ombra mai fu" from G.F. Handel's
(1685-1759) 1738 opera "Serse". The latter
two again displaying Mr. Gosta's voice to good advantage,
and teh Handel certainly didn't suffer from being
transposed down a couple of octaves from its normal
countertenor range. The difficult ornaments in
the Laudate were carried off beautifully.
the Air from the F major Suite from Handel's "Water
Music" and the motet "Musikalische Andachten"
by Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675), the program
moved to J.S. Bach's Sonata #6 in G for Violin and
Harpsichord. This was a fine vehicle for the two newest
members of the group. Mr. Gallagher showed secure
and accurate technique on the violin along with a
fine interpretation of the material. Mr. Husey provided
solid grounding as well as beautiful solo in the third
hymn "Now that the Sun Hath Veil'd his Light"
and a Chaconne in g by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) then
led to the final number, Johann Rosenmueller's (c1619-1684)
Cantata "Von den Himmlischen Freuden". The
entire ensemble participated in this festive closer
bringing an end to a lovely concert.
from February 2002 issue of the BROADSIDE
of the Atlanta Early Music Alliance.