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New York Early Music Celebration: Barthold Kuijken & Immanuel Davis, transverse flutes

10/17/2017 - 7:30pm
First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 West 68th Street (Central Park West)
New York, NY 10023
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Barthold Kuijken & Immanuel Davis, transverse flutes


Virtuoso baroque flutists Barthold Kuijken and Immanuel Davis are joined by viola da gambist Arnie Tanimoto and harpsichordist Donald Livingston in a program of French music from the time of Louis XIV.

The flute was experiencing a newfound popularity with audiences and was considered one of the most fashionable instruments. For this program of works by Couperin, Hotteterre, ClĂ©rambault and Marais, Mr. Kuijken and Mr. Davis are playing Hotteterre-styled flutes at the luxuriously low pitch of A=392 (a whole-step below our modern A). The mellow sounds of these wood flutes create an atmosphere of blending sounds that will sooth and tantalize the listener’s ear.