Geminiani the furious - Les Idées heureuses - Online
Les Idées heureuses
(Re)discover with us some of Italian composer Francesco Geminiani’s (1687-1762) ebullient sonatas during this concert narrated by Geneviève Soly. This great musician was born in 1687 in Lucca, and died in 1762 in Dublin at the age of 74. He figures among the major composers of the Baroque, who were his contemporaries—among them J.S. Bach, Graupner, Handel, D. Scarlatti, and Rameau, to name but a few. A virtuoso violinist and outstanding composer, today Geminiani’s work is little-known. However, this brilliant musician greatly contributed to the improvement of violin technique, and his work was recognized as being equal in quality to that of his predecessor Corelli or his contemporary Handel. His impassioned compositions often bring together different national styles to offer a genuine synthesis of Baroque music. Geminiani’s sonatas will be performed by the first chairs of Les Idées heureuses, violinist Laura Andriani and cellist Elinor Frey, accompanied by Dorothéa Ventura at the harpsichord and Amanda Keesmaat performing continuo cello. Geneviève Soly will perform several of the transcriptions for harpsichord that Geminiani produced in France.