REVIEW: (HT) Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra: Saturday concerts bring cheers and applause from the concert-goers


MUSIC REVIEWS: Saturday concerts bring cheers and applause from the concert-goers

By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer |
January 21, 2013

Auer Hall hosted a concert by the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, an outfit generously peopled with musicians familiar to local audiences, this either because they studied in IU’s Early Music Institute (EMI) and/or because they participated in Bloomington Early Music Festival performances.

The ensemble is artistically directed and conducted these days by Barthold Kuijken, a world-renowned Baroque flutist. Kuijken kept his flute at home on Saturday to concentrate on leading his merry band of Early Music instrumentalists in works from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program also meant to showcase three current EMI violinists, winners of the orchestra’s Concerto Competition. The trio — Toma Iliev, Maria Romero and Stephanie Raby — performed Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in F Major, RV 551. They played it persuasively and with gusto. Very occasional intonation issues, as one also heard elsewhere during the program, didn’t, for this listener, at least, detract significantly from the thrust and tenor of a musically satisfying occasion.

Kuijken and the orchestra opened and ended with French fare. An expressive Overture and Passacaille from Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera “Armide” set things into motion, and a tune-filled Suite of 19 excerpts from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Dardanus,” featuring a variety of material suggestive of differing dramatic situations, brought matters to an impressive finish. In between, there was German music, an Overture in E Minor by Georg Philipp Telemann, amounting to a lively and attractive composition with attached movements that distinctively showed off the orchestra’s and Kuijken’s keen sense for the Baroque.

Copyright: 2013

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