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Theme references friends long-dead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 2013-14 season of the Albuquerque Baroque Players is all about friends. “Friends Old and New” is the season’s theme.

The theme refers to friends who are guest artists and friends who are long-dead composers whose music the ensemble plays.

The trio’s first guest artist of the season is Santa Fe flutist Carol Redman.

Redman will perform in four works in the chamber ensemble’s paired concerts being presented Saturday, Sept. 14 at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Albuquerque and Sept. 15 at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

“Carol Redman is an old friend of ABP. This will be her third appearance with us. Each of us has performed with her in her capacity as associate artistic director of Santa Fe Pro Musica,” Mary Bruesch, an ABP member who plays viola da gamba, wrote in an email.


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Those works are Louise-Nicolas Clérambault’s “La Félicité” for flute, oboe and continuo, a Jean-Marie Leclair sonata for flute and continuo and the two Georg Philipp Telemann trio sonatas.

One of the Telemann sonatas is in C major for flute, recorder and continuo and it’s in the form of a suite consisting of a French overture and five short character pieces, many of them in dance forms.

“Each of these (character pieces) bears the name of an historical or mythical woman from classical antiquity – for example, Socrates’ nagging wife Xantippe, the poet Corinna and the tragic queen Dido,” Bruesch wrote in the email.

The ensemble considers Telemann and Leclair as two of his old composer-friends, as well as Francois Couperin.

Couperin’s Second Concert for oboe, viola da gamba and continuo is on the program.

Clérambault, a relatively new composer-friend of the chamber ensemble, “is better known for his cantatas than for his instrumental works. ‘La Félicité’ is structured like an early Italian sonata, consisting of continuous short sections rather than discrete movements. Like the Couperin concert on our program, however, ‘La Félicité’ combines French and Italian styles,” according to Bruesch.

Also on the program is a suite for solo viola da gamba by Le Sieur de Machy.

Besides Bruesch, the other two members of Albuquerque Chamber Players are Mary Ann Shore on Baroque oboe and recorders and Susan Patrick on harpsichord.

In addition to Redman’s work with Santa Fe Pro Musica, she has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She appeared on a Grammy-nominated CD that was a chamber version of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” for Santa Fe Pro Musica.