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A Far Cry - F.S. Geminiani: Concerto Grosso no.3 in C major, I. Adagio & II. Allegro

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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2010

Described by the Boston Globe as "Thrilling" "Brilliant" and "Intrepid", this concert footage comes from Boston's self-conducted chamber orchestra, A FAR CRY's 2009-10 season opener, "The Lunatic" at the inimitable Jordan Hall inside New England Conservatory. From program notes written by the witty & lovely, Kathryn Bacasmot, explaining the reason for Lunacy: "This Lunatic program could be subtitled Haunted by the Ghost of Arcangelo Corelli. Geminiani, not only a composer, but a renowned violinist, based this work on Corellis Violin Sonata Op. 5, No. 3. Il Furibondo (the madman) was Geminianis nickname bestowed upon him because of the expressivity of his compositional rhythms. Expressiveness equates madness? Now, I know you probably dont equate the Baroque with emotional abandon, but back in the day, the Baroque was intense. It was the era that blossomed from the seconda pratica (second practice), the era of free dissonances, of music being liberated from primarily serving the text in a supporting role to taking center stage for the portrayal and evoking of abstract emotions. The rhythmic and melodically dissonant rubs in this piece are delicious, like drops of honey on your fingers, sticky but sweet. If this constitutes madness, lets all hope for a full moon." Filmed live on the day before Holloween, 2009 & edited by Simon C. Yue for A Far Cry.

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