FANTASTICUS, baroque ensemble
Heinrich von Biber (1644 -1704): Rosary Sonata – The Annunciation for violin and basso continuo (from the Mystery Sonatas); Sonata 3 for violin and basso continuo in F major (1681)
Georg Muffat (1653-1704): Ciaccona in G major for keyboard solo
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620-1623-1680): Sonata Quarta for violin and basso continuo
Gottfried Finger (c.1655-6-1730): Sonata no. 3 in A major for viola da gamba and bass
John Jenkins (1592-1678): 'Fantasia Suite' in G minor for treble, bass and basso continuo; 'Fantasia' in D minor for treble, bass viol and bass
Henry Purcell (1659-95): Trio Sonata for violin, bass viol and bass in G minor, Z.780
Fantasticus, a renowned Amsterdam-based baroque group, returns after giving us an superb evening in 2014-15, to perform the programme Moravian Mystery & English Fantasy. The mysterious instrumental music from 17th-century middle Europe is remarkable for its abstraction, free-form and quasi-improvisatory virtuoso flourishes. Nothing epitomises the 'stylus fantasticus' more than the Rosary (or mystery) Sonatas by Heinrich Biber. And on the other side of the continent we find striking similarities in the English Fantasia-Suites that developed independently in England, full of divisions and equally full of mystery.