Music Network presents: Saltarello Trio

Music Network presents: Saltarello Trio

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 7.30pm

A lot can happen in a thousand years. Condensing it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio step up to the plate, tracing a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to David Fennessy, taking in multiple stops along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell.

The trio are all very familiar to Irish audiences, their collective and vast experience in the fields of classical and contemporary music have brought us many fine and memorable occasions, but for this outing they seek out the colours and textures of folk music to inform their witty arrangements. In this, they highlight the connections and similarities that exist between soundworlds of today and of hundreds of years ago, and Garth Knox’s new composition, specially commissioned for this tour by Music Network, will sit across the centuries, mediating a conversation between past and present.

The trio’s gorgeous swirling string lines and tasty percussion open a new window on old music, proving that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time. 

Garth Knox, medieval fiddle | viola d’amore | viola
Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion
Agnès Vesterman, cello

Hildegard von Bingen Ave Generosa | Guillaume de Machault Tels rit au matin | Medieval Dances arr. Saltarello | John Dowland Flow my tears | Henry Purcell Music for a while | Antonio Vivaldi Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393 | Marin Marais Folies D’Espagne for viola d’amore and cello |  David Fennessy 3 Hofer Photographs for solo cello | Gérard Pesson Tafelmusik for solo percussion | Black Brittany (traditional tunes) arr. Saltarello | Garth Knox Song from the sea | Garth Knox Galway Green* (Music Network Commission)  

*Republic of Ireland performances only 

Tues 25 Feb, 7.30pm
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris 

Thurs 27 Feb, 7:00pm
First Presbyterian Church, Belfast 

Fri 28 Feb, 1pm
Great Hall, Ulster University Magee, Derry 

Sat 29 Feb, 8pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart 

Sun 1 Mar, 8:00 pm
Station House Theatre, Clifden 

Mon 2 Mar, 8:00 pm
Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 

Tues 3 Mar, 8:00 pm
National Opera House, Wexford 

Wed 4 Mar, 7:00 pm
Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 

Thurs 5 Mar, 7:30 pm
CIT Cork School of Music 

Fri 6 Mar, 7:30 pm
The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 

Sat 7 Mar, 8:00 pm
Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard


Garth Knox - Saltarello trio live at Poisson Rouge


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