The Lure of London

For the performances at the end of July 2013 EUBO rehearsed an exciting selection of works by Handel and his contemporary London colleagues. The performances took place from 25 to 30 July and 5 September, view the concert calendar.


Director & harpsichord Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Concertmaster Zefira Valova

Concert programme

GF HANDEL (1685-1759)

Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 2 in B flat HWV 313

Vivace – Largo – Allegro – Minuet – Gavotte

G SAMMARTINI (1695-1750)

Concerto Grosso in A minor Op 5 No 4
Allegro – Andantino e cantabile – Allegro moderato – Minuet gratioso

W BOYCE (1711-1779)

Symphony No 2 in A
Allegro assai – Vivace – Presto (Allegro)
FS GEMINIANI (1687-1762)

“Follia” Concerto grosso Op 3 No 12 after Corelli Op 5 No 12
Theme & variations

JH ROMAN (1694-1758)

Golovinmusiken Suite

C AVISON (1709-1770)

Concerto 3 in d minor, after sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti
Largo andante – Allegro spiritoso – Vivace – Piu Allegro

Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 5 in D HWV 323
Larghetto e staccato – Allegro – Presto – Largo – Allegro – Menuet

Programme note

All the composers in this programme spent a significant period of their lives in London, although only one, William Boyce, was actually born in the city. Early on in their composing careers both Roman (from Sweden) and Avison (from Newcastle) moved to the capital to study – and both studied and worked with Geminiani. Geminiani, a virtuoso violinist, had come to London (from Lucca) and developed an active performing career, as had the Milanese oboist and composer Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini, credited with significantly advancing the skills of wind players at this time. And crucially of course, the musical magnet that was Handel. The ‘Saxon’ who finally became an Englishman in 1727 is London’s best-known musical acquisition; he lived in the city from 1712 until his death in 1759 and influenced just about every sphere of concert life, from court to chapel to opera house. In this programme you will hear the very different but vital and entertaining contributions and international influences that these cosmopolitan composers brought to contemporary repertoire.