NEW CD RELEASE
Passacaglia's latest CD, Telemann:Time:Travel, is available now from the online shop. Featuring Annabel Knight on flute and recorder, with Reiko Ichise on viola da gamba and Robin Bigwood on harpsichord.
Brilliant chamber works which seem as vital today as when they were first written.
From left to right: Louise Bradbury, Oliver Webber, Robin Bigwood, Annabel Knight, Reiko Ichise
PassacagliaPassacaglia is well known as one of Britain's most innovative and entertaining chamber music ensembles, blending the sweet, articulate sound of recorders and baroque flute with the ravishing sonorities of violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord.
Established in 1992, the ensemble has evolved a strong collaborative bond over many performances, broadcasts and recordings across all parts of the UK, Europe and the US. Recitalists at both the Wigmore Hall and South Bank, they have broadcast many times for BBC Radio 3 (including the Early Music Show and In Tune) and recorded several CDs for Linn Records, Naxos and most recently, the artist-led label BCR.
Early in their career, the members of Passacaglia were recipients of many awards and tours across the UK and Europe for the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Tunnell Trust, the Early Music Network and the British Council. This wealth of ensemble experience has distilled over many subsequent performances to produce a strong sense of shared spirit and communication, between both the players themselves and with the audience. At the heart of every Passacaglia performance is the desire to convey an enjoyment and understanding of the music to every listener, underlined by friendly and informal introductions to the music in every concert.
The group tailors each programme to the demands of the audience, easily catering for the general music enthusiast as well as more specialist tastes. Have a look at our programmes page for some of our most popular titles.
In the press'Clarity, crispness and enthusiasm that perfectly match the spirit of the music'
'Thank you all for a wonderful concert on Saturday. The concert ranks as one of our best yet!'
Michael Bennett, Music Nairn
'I fell in love with this disc at first hearing... there are so many good things to savour, not least the maturity and natural ease of Passacaglia's chamber music making'
Classic FM magazine (5 stars)
‘Outstanding...Passacaglia remain one of my favourite instrumental groups’
Early Music Review
'The general audience feedback was wonderful: we are certain it was because of the skill and musicianship of the players and Julia, the wide variety of styles presented and the succinct and helpful introductions.'
Bob & Christine Tait, Classic Music Live! Falkirk
‘Each a superb Musician, they form a tight, sensitive ensemble that plays with great passion...Passacaglia played the seven musical vignettes like seasoned storytellers recounting a good yarn’
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
'This was a splendid demonstration of what 'Historically Informed Performance' should be. Robin and Annabel gave us all the required neatness and precision combined with flexibility and sumptuous tone which was almost romantic in its freedom. Listening to their playing was like eating the most delicious chocolate imaginable!'
The Recorder Magazine