SJSS Young Artists: The Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six
St John’s, Smith Square Young Artists
St John’s, Smith Square. 19 June 2016

The excellent St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ scheme featured four young performers for their 2015/6 season (the second), two of them with a focus on early music. As well as being offered three performances in St John’s, Smith Square, the young artists were given development and marketing opportunities and access to a fund to commission a new work or a new edition of a piece of early music. I was able to review two of recorder player Tabea Debus ‘s concert (reviewed here and here) but, unfortunately, could only get to one of the concerts given by the other early music group, The Gesualdo Six, a concert that ended the 2015/6 season at St John’s. Continue reading

Tabea Debus – There is only one Bach … ?

There is only one Bach … ?
Tabea Debus
St John’s, Smith Square, 9 February 2016

Tabea Debus, recorder, Lea Rahel Bader, baroque cello, Johannes Lang, organ/harpsichord.

JS Bach: Organ Partita ‘Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig’ BWV768; Inventio No. 7 in E minor; Cello Suite No. 4 in Eb BWV1010; Recorder Sonata No. 1 in Eb BWV525; French Suite No. 2 in C minor.
CPE Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor H551, Harp Sonata in G Wq.139/H563, Fantasia in C for Harpsichord H284.
Telemann: Sonata in C TWV41:C2

St John’s, Smith Square has always been a concert hall that, despite an eclectic range of programmes, has had a particular affinity with early music, particularly of the Baroque era. A very welcome further step in that direction came with the announcement of their Young Artists Scheme which, for the 2015/16 season includes two specialist early music performers amongst the four awards (see here). These awards are intended to provide a performance platform, marketing and development assistance and career support for exceptional young artists on the brink of their professional careers. They are given three performance dates in St John’s Smith Square.

tdebus_upon_a_ground_cd_coverTabea Debus is a young recorder player, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. She first came to my attention when she sent me a review copy of her first CD (reviewed here). I was very impressed with her musicality and technical ability, a view strongly reinforced by her recent Young Artist performance at St John’s, Smith Square alongside fellow musicians Lea Rahel Bader, baroque cello, and Johannes Lang, harpsichord, the three collectively appearing (but not on this occasion) under the group name of TR!Jo. Continue reading