Watch and Listen: Early Music Ensemble Kleine Kammermusik, Live from the WRTI Performance Studio

Apr 9, 2019

Described as "a jewel among U.S. early music riches," (online dance journal, ThINKing Dance), Kleine Kammermusik performs on oboes and recorders, bassoon, cello, viola da gamba and harpsichorrd. The group visited WRTI and performed a preview of their concert at the Hill-Physick House. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series presents Kleine Kammermusik in a program of French Baroque music entitled, Dialogue of the Graces, at the Hill-Physick House, Society Hill, Philadelphia on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 PM. Info here.

At WRTI, they'll play concert highlights as well as music by J.S. Bach. 

In the WRTI Performance Studio with Susan Lewis, host.

Kleine Kammermusik Musicians:

Geoffrey Burgess and Meg Owens, oboes and recorders

Stephanie Corwin, bassoon

Rebecca Humphrey, cello and viola da gamba

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

WRTI Program: 

Louis-Antoine Dornel, Caprice from Livre de Symphonies, op. 1 (1709) 

Michel Lambert, Dialogue de Trois Graces (2 recorders and BC)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Ricercar from The Art of the Fugue (1749)

Johann Friedrich Fasch, Largo from Sonata in g minor (c. 1740)

Marin Marais, Petite Passacaille from Pieces en trio (1692)

Jean-Bapitste Lully, Chaconne from Bourgeois Gentihomme (1670)

Kleine Kammermusik is dedicated to bringing to life the wealth of chamber music for winds and continuo. With paired treble instruments (oboes and recorders) and a supportive continuo group of bassoon, cello, viola da gamba, and keyboard, the group comprises a versatile blend of instruments suited to music from a wide range of contexts, from vivid outdoor celebrations and military fanfares to intimate chamber works.

The ensemble derives its name from that of a chamber ensemble at the Dresden court in the early 18th century, as well as from a collection of pieces by Telemann dedicated to four oboists. Intimate in nature and flexible in instrumentation, these pieces embody their approach to sharing music in a colorful, conversational, and creative way.

Kleine Kammermusik has performed and given workshops in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Connecticut, and Washington, DC.