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Baroque trios and sonatas

A string trio of Philharmonic members is joined by harpsichordist Sam Crowther performing baroque music by Henry Purcell, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Johan Helmich Roman and more.

Konserthuset Stockholm’s audiences and members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra share a deep interest in Baroque music. Violinists Lola Torrente and Gabriel Cornet are joined here by cellist Daniel Holst and harpsichordist Sam Crowther in a programme of music by Johan Helmich Roman, Henry Purcell and Johann Rosenmüller paired with all-too-rarely played female Baroque composers.

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre was a prodigy who performed at Versailles for Louis XIV at the age of five. She grew up on the little island of Île Saint-Louis in the Seine in the heart of Paris, where her father was an organist and an instrument maker. She composed chamber music, operas and solo pieces, and while her roots were in the French Baroque tradition, she was strongly influenced by Italian music.

Italian Isabella Leonarda (1620–1704) was one of the most prolific female composers of early music in the seventeenth century. She entered the Collegio di Sant’Orsola convent at the age of 16 and stayed for the rest of her life. We will hear one of her melodically beautiful and vivacious trio sonatas, composed in the early 1680s.

  • The music

  • Johann Rosenmüller Sonata No. 2 in e minor for two violins and basso continuo
  • Isabella Leonarda Sonata in a minor for two violins and basso continuo op 16:5
  • Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre Trio Sonata No. 1 in B flat major
  • Johan Helmich Roman Trio Sonata in e minor BeRI 115
  • Henry Purcell Sonata No. 9 in c minor for two violins, cello and basso continuo
  • Participants

  • Lola Torrente baroque violin
  • Gabriel Cornet baroque violin
  • Daniel Holst baroque cello
  • Sam Crowther harpsichord
  • Published online 14 November 2021. 
  • Filmed 29 October 2021.
  • The video is approximately 40 minutes.


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