Review of three concerts from start of the Canberra International Music Festival

The Canberra Times | 2 May 2016

Review about Fandango @ Canberra (Australia)

This year's Canberra International Music Festival under Roland Peelman's direction is off to a grand start, leaving its transition year behind and moving forward with a program focused on repertoire out of the mainstream and engaging with an exciting range of artists across the generations.

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A chance conversation on a European train between Canberra's Dan Sloss and the Zapico brothers resulted in their inclusion of the ensemble Forma Antiqva in this year's festival.

Saturday afternoon's concert in the Fitters' Workshop was glorious. The three brothers perform as one. There is no evidence of excessive exertion or anxiety –simply uninhibited music. I was struck by the impeccable balance of the instrument voices and the perfect tuning of the ensemble. Even under hot spotlights and in Canberra's dry and unusually warm autumn, the three delicate instruments – theorbo, harpsichord and baroque guitar - remained absolutely in tune with themselves and with each other. It was almost as if the pitch was held in perfection by the shared musicianship of the ensemble, resisting any interference from the elements.

The Song Company joined Forma Antiqva to perform Flecha's El Fuego from Ensaladas, immersing us in the fires of hell and the sweet pure waters of redemption. Kapsberger's Passacaglia was exquisite, the delicate guitar introduction ending with one fragile note gently taken and gracefully developed by the theorbo.

The following Improvisaciones sobre Caponas y Chaconas created a mesmerising reverie creating a contrast to the final Fandango by Scarlatti – a surprisingly different style to his more frequently played keyboard sonatas.

How glorious to hear these musicians and feel the music of 18th century Spain brought to life.

Link

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A joyful voyage of discovery (CityNews) May 2016
WARM autumn sun streaming through the tall windows of The Fitters Workshop provided an appropriately Spanish ambience for this elegant concert of early Spanish dance music presented by Forma Antiqva and The Song Company. Regarded as one of the most important classical music ensembles in Spain, Forma Antiqva, brothers, Aaron Zapico (harpsichord), Daniel Zapico (theorbo), and Pablo Zapico (baroque guitar), draw their inspiration and repertoire from the Spanish fascination with the sounds produced by plucked strings. The combination of baroque guitar, theorbo and harpsichord proved especially...

Awards

Premio GEMA al Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca (s. XVIII) y del Clasicismo 2016.

Premio GEMA a la Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016 por "Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani" (Winter & Winter).

"Asturiano del Mes" del periódico La Nueva España, Excelente Audio Clásica, Excepcional Scherzo, Goldberg 4 estrellas, "Grupo del Año 2010" de la TV del Principado de Asturias, Melómano de Oro, Nomination ICMA 2011, 2012 & 2014, Prelude Classical Music, "Premios de la Música en Asturias" 2012, Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural 2012, Recomendado CD Compact, Ritmo Excelente, Supersonic Pizzicato.

Partners

Ensemble in residence in Auditorium - Congress Palace "Príncipe Felipe" of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain).

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Contact

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