barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Enrag’d Musician

Friday 23 November, 1.10pm

The Enrag’d Musician: A portrait of Handel’s violinist, Pietro Antonio Castrucci

Scholars and Gentlemen
Iva Fleischhansová
baroque violin
Nikolay Ginov
baroque cello
Luke Green
harpsichord

Roman by birth, Castrucci was a pupil of Corelli who was enticed to London by the burgeoning concert and operatic scene. He became concertmaster of the newly formed Royal Academy and worked side by side with Handel, Bononcini and Ariosti, until discarded by Handel for a younger player in the 1730s. Castrucci found refuge in Dublin and died there in 1752. His own string works show a sophistication of technique that is enlightening, especially for the performance of Handel’s works. Scholars and Gentlemen perform sonatas from his Opus 1 in preparation for a recording, led by the Czech virtuoso violinist Iva Fleischhansová.

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