“[Dmitry Sinkovsky] Electrifying virtuoso... This is how to perform baroque music.” The New York Times
“Stylish and most importantly, heartfelt” ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
“Music with all-encompassing theatricality” Les Echos
“Pure splendour and bliss” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Belgium, Beyond, Baroque, Be Rock… It’s all in the name. Founded in 2005 in the Belgian city of Ghent, B’Rock Orchestra is a baroque orchestra for the here and now, energising the sometimes overly-sober world of early music.
Combining established favourites with lesser-known works from the period, B’Rock’s HKAF concert typifies their zest and enthusiasm. Featured in this Sounding Stories programme are Vivaldi and a number of his contemporaries, composers who painted with music. Their pictures evoke a huge range of emotions and images from the most serene to the humorous and basic: a bittersweet night evoked by Fux, a wounded musketeer and spluttering drinkers in Biber’s Battalia, croaking frogs courting each other as portrayed in Telemann’s “The Frogs”.
A kindred spirit of B’Rock, Dmitry Sinkovsky is a multi-talented Russian violinist, highly acclaimed not just as an instrumentalist but also as a counter-tenor and artistic leader; indeed it is Sinkovsky who will direct this performance, playing his magnificent 1675 Francesco Ruggieri violin. Hailed by critics (“Virtuosity, finesse, expression, imagination, nothing is missing from Sinkovsky”, Le Monde) his many awards include a Diapason d’Or for his Vivaldi recording, and recognition at major competitions including the Leipzig Bach International Competition.
Youthful and fearless, B’Rock and Sinkovsky together bring boundless virtuosity and vivacious story-telling to this not to be missed early music performance.
Overture in D minor, N4
Battalia à 10 in D major, C61
Concerto in F major, RV569
Concerto in A major, TWV51:A4, “The Frogs”
Concerto “Le dolcezze, e l’amerezze della notte” in D major, E112
Concerto “Per la solennità di San Lorenzo” in D major, RV562