Excellence in Early Music
Baroque Violin & Associate Director
Baroque Flute & Artist 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 historical performance practice that is characterised by careful scholarship combined with subtle, tasteful and, above all, unpretentious musicianship.
Quantz CD Coming in January 2014
Johann Joachim Quantz
(unknown 18th-century artist)
Greg and Lucinda have finalised their recording of duets by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697–1773). This is the first of a series of recordings as part of their Baroque Music Performer Research Project (see below).
Previously unrecorded as a complete set using Quantz’s preferred instrumentation, the Sei Duetti, op. 2 (Berlin, 1759), are works of high quality and interest. Quantz presents his musical ideas as a continuously evolving conversation. They embody wonderfully the idea of Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation (see below).
These historically significant works are excellent examples of Quantz’s intermediate position between the Baroque and Classical periods. They deserve to be heard by a wider audience.
While the title page of the duets states they are for two flutes, in the Preface Quantz says they can be performed on other instruments such as on a flute and a muted violin, as well as other combinations of matched instruments (two violins, two oboes etc). He goes on to say:
‘In general, duets as well as trios produce a better and more intelligible effect on two instruments of different types than upon instruments of the same kind.’
So the combination of flute and muted violin seems to be a preferred option.
Top Class Recording and Post-Production
The CD was recorded in the crystal clear and resonant acoustic of The Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia. The natural acoustic of the space shines through (no artifical reverb has been added). This acoustic is ideal for the performance and recording of Baroque and Classical chamber music.
Recording and post-production by Thomas Grubb (www.manomusica.com).
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Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation
For several years Greg and Lucinda have focused on the rich and varied genre of the 18th-century instrumental duet. They have been presenting concerts exploring the theme of Dialogue: The Art of Elegant Conversation.
In much of the more intimate 18th-century chamber music the melodic lines interact in a continuous musical dialogue, which was sometimes described as a conversation galante (‘courteous conversation’).
“This is the music of elegant conversation that, with the natural charms and sensitivity of its melodies and the classical beauty of its forms, delights the intellect and moves the heart.”
Baroque Music Performance Research Project
In 2010 the Elysium Ensemble’s principals, Greg Dikmans (baroque flute) and Lucinda Moon (baroque violin), initiated a Baroque Music Performance Research Project that they are currently pursuing in conjunction with the Early Music Studio at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.
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.
Elysium Ensemble gratefully acknowledges the support of
- The Cameron Family Foundation
- John & Anne Duncan
Photo of Lucinda & Greg: Leonard Szabliński (2013)