Sun 7 July 2019

Fearful Symmetry

Rebel Les Elémens
Vivaldi Concerto in D major, RV 84
La Tarantella (improvised)
Castello Sonata Duodecima, libro II
La Bergamasca (improvised)
Bach Organ Trio Sonata No 2, BWV 526

Improviso is a dynamic young quartet, formed at the Royal College of Music in London in 2017. They have appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, Brighton Early Music Festival, and enjoy exploring contemporaneous improvisation practices alongside the baroque chamber music they perform. ‘Fearful symmetry’ takes inspiration from William Blake’s tour-de-force poem The Tyger (1794) to explore how some composers attempted to represent the overwhelming power of the natural world. We encounter Rebel’s unforgettable depictions of the elements in chaos, a concerto by Vivaldi that conceals fire in its well-wrought symmetry, two improvised Italian folk dances that seduce us with a musical cure for the fearful tarantula’s bite, and finally an entirely different perspective on ‘fearful symmetry’ brought to us by JS Bach.