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Combining world-class musicianship with a spirited and communicative performing style, Musica Pacifica performs 17th- and 18th-centurymusic on recorder, violin, cello/gamba and harpsichord, with additional guest artists. Judith Linsenberg, recorder/director; Elizabeth Blumenstock,violin; Shirley Hunt, cello/viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord. Ensemble also expands to include percussion, oboe, lute, voice and additional strings. Tours nationally and internationally and offers school and community outreach programs. 8 award-winning recordings on Virgin and Dorian. Winner CMA/WQXR 2003 Record Award. Featured at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik, Music Before 1800 and The Frick Collection (NY), Arizona Early Music, Seattle Early Music Guild, and U of VT Lane Series.
MusicaPacifica achieved recognition as one of North America's premier baroque ensembles soon after the group's founding in 1990. They have been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (AlteMusik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists are members of Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and they appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have collaborated with such early music luminaries as Stephen Stubbs (lute/guitar) and Maxine Eilander(harps); sopranos Ellen Hargis and Julianne Baird; countertenor and cornettist, Michael Collver; bassoonist Michael McCraw, and Baroque dancers Linda Tomko& Co. Mining a rich vein of Baroque literature for mixed wind/stringensemble, the group performs the spirited chamber concerti of Vivaldi andTelemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, rousing folk music from Ireland and Scotland, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Poland, Spain, Austria, and England.
Musica Pacifica's stylish, high-energy, and virtuoso performances have consistently received enthusiastic reviews from critics and audiences alike. These qualities have led to appearances on such prestigious chamber and early music concert series as Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection (NY), Tage AlterMusik (Regensburg), the Shrine to Music Museum (Vermillion, SD), the ClevelandArt Museum, the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, the Seattle EarlyMusic Guild, Milwaukee's Early Music Now, the Houston Early Music Society, the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the San Diego Early Music Society, and the Victoria Early Music Society, among many others. They have three times been a featured ensemble at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and their first appearance there was cited in Early Music (UK) as "perhaps the standout of the entire festival." They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been heard on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" and "Harmonia."
Musica Pacifica's eight CD releases--Bach Trio Sonatas and a 2-CD set of Marais, Pièces en trio on Virgin/Veritas; Alessandro Scarlatti Concerti da camera, Mancini Concerti da camera, Telemann Chamber Cantatas and Trio Sonatas,Vivaldi La Notte: Concerti per strumenti diversi , and Fire BeneathMy Fingers, on Dorian; and Dancing in the Isles on Solimar--have won national and international awards, including the highest ratings in several CD magazines and being chosen as "CD of the Month" by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Fire Beneath My Fingers was touted as “one of the most exciting Baroque recordings I’ve heard” on Audiophile Audition, and was a featured recording on Minnesota Public Radio. The Telemann CD, described by Early Music America Magazine as "superbly elegant . . .exemplifying the finest in historical performance today," won ChamberMusic America and WQXR's 2003 Record Award honoring the best chamber music recordings of the year. The Mancini recording was cited as a"Noteworthy Disc" in the 2000 International Antonio Vivaldi Awards for Italian Early Music in Venice--the only CD that year by a North American ensemble to receive the honor.
|Recorder Concerto in F major - Allegro assai||Sammartini, Giuseppe||Musica Pacifica||Oct 12 2008||3:59|
|Rondeau from Suite in G minor||Marais, Marin||Musica Pacifica||Jul 9 2008||1:00|
|Sonata No. 10 in Bb major - Larghetto||Mancini, Francesco||Musica Pacifica||Apr 2 2008||3:42|
|Sonata No. 5 in F major - Allegro||Bach, J.S.||Musica Pacifica||Apr 2 2008||4:26|
|Sonata IX in A minor Allegro||Scarlatti, Alessandro||Musica Pacifica||Apr 2 2008||1:43|
|Tempesta di Mare - Allegro||Vivaldi, Antonio||Musica Pacifica||Apr 1 2008||2:23|