Excellence in Early Music

Historically Informed Performance on Period Instruments since 1985

Lucinda Moon and Greg Dikmans

Lucinda Moon

Violin & Associate Director

Greg Dikmans

Flute & Artistic Director

Greg Dikmans and Lucinda Moon have been working together for over 25 years. In this time they have developed a fruitful collaboration built around an approach to historically informed performance that is characterised by careful scholarship combined with subtle, tasteful and, above all, unpretentious musicianship.



Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation

An ongoing series of concerts exploring the theme of Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation.

3 Flutes – 3 Pitches – 3 Sound Worlds

Experience the supple tones and dynamics of period instruments.

Greg and Lucinda explore the rich and varied repertoire of the 18th-century instrumental solo without bass and the duo for two melody instruments. Some of the composers are not so well-known today, but in the 18th-century were deservedly considered among the best of their time.

A selection of movements from rarely performed works by:

  • Jacques Hotteterre ‘le Romain’
  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  • Johan Helmich Roman
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Johann Joachim Quantz
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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Lucinda with her viola d’amore

“We have been experimenting with using Lucinda’s viola d’amore in some of our French duo repertoire. It sounds absolutely beautiful at A=390 with Greg’s Hotteterre flute. The combination of the two instruments is magical. The d’amore has a very resonant, silvery sound.”

About the Instruments and Pitch

Greg plays on three different flutes. Each flute has its own particular sonority and character (partly because of the pitch/length, but also the internal construction). Different flutes are appropriate for different types of repertoire. The sonority of Lucinda’s violin also changes with the different pitches. These pitches and sonorities create varied sound worlds which complement the music beautifully.

Flutes

All the flutes were made by Rudolf Tutz in Innsbruck, Austria.

Violin

Viola d’amore

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Rave Review of Haydn Concert

“Haydn wrote the recipes. Elysium turned them into delectable music.”

“Classicism at its most perfectly formed, and most persuasively performed.”

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Photo: Claire Oremland (Concert Manager – Elder Hall)

On Sunday 11 May 2014 the Elysium Ensemble performed 6 Haydn Divertimenti for flute, violin and cello at Elder Hall, Adelaide. Music critic Elizabeth Silsbury, writing in The Advertiser, makes some perceptive comments about Haydn’s chamber music and was very appreciative of the ensemble’s approach to performing this music.

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Program & Notes

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Listen to Excerpts

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https://soundcloud.com/elysiumensemble/sets/haydn-divertimenti


Quantz CD Released in February 2014

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Elysium Ensemble has released its recording of duets by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697–1773). This is the first of a series of recordings as part of its Historical Performance Research Project.

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Listen to excerpts

Album booklet

CDs will be available for purchase at our Concerts.


Historical Performance Research Project

In 2010 the Elysium Ensemble’s principals, Greg Dikmans (flute) and Lucinda Moon (violin), initiated an Historical Performance Research Project. It is being supported by the Early Music Studio at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, and by private and corporate sponsors.

The aim of the project is to identify neglected or newly discovered, high quality chamber music from the Baroque and early-Classical periods (1600–1800) with a view to bringing it to a wider audience through historically informed performances and recordings.

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Elysium Ensemble is affiliated with the
Early Music Studio at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

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Elysium Ensemble gratefully acknowledges the support of:

Simone Pérèle

Photo of Lucinda & Greg: Leonard Szabliński (2013)