Ensemble Voltaire: 'Telemann in Paris' 

I do enjoy a good scandal, I must admit, so to read in the program notes that we'd be hearing music from an era known for its gambling and promiscuity, I knew I'd hit the jackpot. To top it off, the concert was in a church! Actually, Trinity Episcopal lends itself well to small groups such as Ensemble Voltaire, providing intimacy and excellent sound, both of which I was happy to experience during this evening of French Baroque music. The evening opener, Marin Marais' Pieces en Trio, had a distinct sense of wholeness within the ensemble. There were four musicians who played as one, often looking over at each other, mimicking each other's phrasing, and displaying strong musical unity. That continued through Francois Couperin's 2nd Concerts Royaux, which featured beautiful playing by oboist John Abberger and flautist Barbara Kallaur. Viola da gambist Christine Kyprianides was featured for Jean-Baptiste Forqueray's Pieces de Viole, with fine ensemble playing by harpsichordist Thomas Gerber. I only wish Kyprianides had been on a raised platform, so we could hear her a bit better. The concert was rounded out nicely with George Philip Telemann's Trio Sonata in e minor from Musique de Table.

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