Chichester Music Society: The Continuum Ensemble

The Chichester Music Society concert on 4 October was a marvellous presentation of baroque music played by the Continuum Quartet. In fact, the programme was completely about the music of the Bach family, from J S Bach to his sons, W F Bach and C P E Bach. What a fascinating & talented family.

The Society welcomed four extremely talented performers who played with dedicated passion and commitment. Their playing was impressive technically and all the instruments had lovely tone quality that helped to bring the music to life.

Elizabeth Walker on baroque flute, and Rachel Beckett also playing the baroque flute, as well as the recorder, both coaxed a mesmerising sound from their instruments, often as if there was only one instrument playing. It was a joy to hear such clear expressive lines from two such talented musicians.

The music performed was well chosen to illustrate the breadth and variety of the composers, including pieces for individual soloists and the whole ensemble.

The concert began with a performance of J S Bach’s Trio Sonata in G Major BWV 1038, which was well chosen as a joyful introductory piece. This led to the W F Bach duet for 2 Flutes in D Major F59, followed by a charming Harpsichord solo by Michael Overbury. The first haft concluded with J S Bach’s Trio sonata No 5 BWV 529, much enjoyed by the appreciative audience.

The second half included J.S.Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, beautifully played by Sebastian Comberti and ended with a rousing performance of J S Bach’s Trio Sonata for Two flutes BWV1029. This finale was played with suppressed energy, quietly and intensely developing with a slow almost ethereal build-up to an ending of vitality and exuberance.

Chris Hough, Chairman of Chichester Music Society, thanked the performers saying “It was wonderful to hear such beautiful and intelligent music played by four charming and polished performers. The variety and invention of the music was a real joy.”

Chris Linford

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