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Paul O'Dette & Ronn McFarlanePaul O'Dette & Ronn McFarlane

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England

While beloved in the Renaissance as a solo instrument, the finest lutenists often enjoyed the chance to double their pleasure in duets. Trading passages back and forth, the dueling lutenists would challenge each other with increasingly dazzling feats of virtuosity. Two of today’s finest lutenists, BEMF’s own Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette and Ronn McFarlane, take up this thrilling tradition in a duo recital showcasing works from Italy and England where the lute duet achieved its greatest heights. These sought-after lutenists, both GRAMMY nominees for their solo recordings, come together for a program of lyrically beautiful and intricately ornamented music by Terzi, Galilei, Piccinini, Johnson, Danyel, and others.

Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm

“[O’Dette] tempers sheer virtuosity with an emotional warmth that makes this ancient music seem not very distant at all.”
—The New York Times

“[McFarlane offered] some of the most ravishing lute playing to be heard anywhere.”
—The Washington Times

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Paul O'Dette performs Almaine by Robert Johnson.

Ronn McFarlane performs Pavane, published by Pierre Attaingnant.

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For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England
Dalza: Saltarello & Piva
Milano: Canon
Milano: Fantasia Settima
Milano: La Spagna
Milano: Fantasia Terza
Milano: Fantasia Sexta
Galilei: Contrapunto Primo
Galilei: Duo tutti di fantasia
Galilei: Contrapunto Secondo
Merulo: Canzona Prima à doi liutti unisoni (arr. Terzi)
Merulo: Canzona Seconda à doi liutti unisoni (arr. Terzi)
Piccinini: Passacaglia
Piccinini: Toccata à dui Liuti
Anonymous: Dreweries accordes
Anonymous: La Rossignol
Anonymous: A Merrie Mood
Anonymous: Galliard after Laveche
Anonymous: De la Tromba Pavin
Dowland: The Earl of Essex Galliard
Danyel: A Fancy
Danyel: Passingmeasures Galliard
Dowland: Fantasie #7
Johnson: Chi Passa
Johnson: The Flatt Pavan
Johnson: The Galliard to the Flatt Pavan
Johnson: The Queen's Treble

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