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Monday, June 27, 2016


(Erik Dippenaar)

All in all, a very satisfying concert. (Review by Keith Millar)

Baroque 2000’s third concert of their 2016 series took place last Sunday morning at the hallowed Marianhill Church of the Monastery.

The concert showcased the harpsicord with the programme including two concertos for the instrument. This keyboard instrument, which is one of the forerunners to piano, defines baroque music with its ever-present tinkling sound providing part of the basso continuo in so much of the music of this era.

Playing the harpsichord at this concert was the celebrated and multi-award winning harpsichordist and organist from Cape Town, Erik Dippenaar.

Dippenaar has performed with Baroque 2000 before and this was a welcome return visit as he performed with superb skill and sensitivity. He played the Harpsichord Concerto in G Major by William Hayes and the Harpsichord Concerto BWV in D Major by Johan Sebastian Bach, and proved that he is a master of the instrument. Along with the Baroque 2000 ensemble, consisting on this occasion of four violins, viola, cello and double bass and the harpsichord, he produced an exquisite and enthralling performance of the beautifully melodic music.

William Hayes was an English composer, organist, singer and conductor. His vocal works were extremely popular and he is regarded as one of the finest English composers of the 18th century.

Johann Sebastian Bach needs no introduction. This German composer is revered for the technical control, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth of his music. His Concerto for Harpsichord in D Major is an adaptation of his earlier ViolinConcerto in E major.

Also on the programme was William Boyce’s Symphony No.1, and two works by George Frideric Handel - his Trio Sonata No.6 in G Major HWV 390 and his Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 2 in F Major HWV 320. Boyce, like Hayes, was an English composer and organist. He is not well-known and is best remembered for his set of eight symphonies, his anthems and his odes.

Handel is arguably best known for his Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and of course Messiah. He was a prolific baroque composer and the works performed at this concert are fine examples of his output

The Baroque 2000 ensemble, along with Erik Dippenaar, were in top form and performed with considerable charm and appeal for these works as well.

All in all, it was a very satisfying concert which drew a deserved standing ovation from the audience.

A visit to the Marianhill Monastery on a warm winter’s morning, to listen to some superb music, is a most pleasant experience – and the good news is that the tea garden at the Monastery has re-opened and offers breakfasts and lunches.

The next Baroque 2000 concert will take place towards the end of August. Keep your eye on the press for details or contact Michel at or 031 312 5539 or 082 303 5241.- Keith Millar