The Art of the Lute with Thomas Dunford | Bach & Burgundy
BACH & BURGUNDY: Stannary St. Wine Co.
Burgundy – perhaps the most fascinating and intriguing wine-producing region of France. Just two grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, suggest simplicity, yet the multitude of expressions created by location, small local micro-climates, methods of viniculture and more lead to wines that can be astonishingly complicated and amongst the most sought-after in the world. Pinot Noir – hauntingly perfumed, silky, complex – creates some of the most sublime wines known to man, and we explore this King of grapes alongside one of the greatest composers to have lived: J. S. Bach.
Bach’s exceptional composition, and in particular his notable skills as a fugue-writer, pay homage to the creation of great Burgundy. Both begin with simple ingredients and a straightforward set of rules – for growing and cultivating; for harmony and counterpoint – yet the mastery of Bach and skill of the top wine-makers can produce something far above the ordinary. Led by “Mr. Burgundy” Jason Haynes of Stannary St. Wines (Burgundy experts, winning IWC’s ‘Burgundy Specialist of the Year), and one of today’s leading Bach interpreters, lutenist Thomas Dunford, we’ll sample four wines before our concert, and a further three over dinner afterwards in the company of performers. Great Burgundy, like Bach’s music, has a serious structure, complex interplay of melody and harmony, and once created continues to evolve as we explore it for years to come.
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The Art of the Lute with Thomas Dunford
Virtuosic lutenist Thomas Dunford joins the Academy of Ancient Music to direct and perform an enthralling programme of Bach and Vivaldi. One of early music’s brightest stars, Dunford’s compelling, charismatic musicianship and exceptional technique has brought him countless accolades and collaborations with Iestyn Davies, Nicola Benedetti, Anne-Sophie von Otter, and Trevor Pinock among other highlights.
In a programme showcasing the lute’s attributes as a solo instrument, hear the music of J.S. Bach, Buxtehude and Vivaldi, culminating in the latter’s glorious Concerto for Lute in D, RV93. Revel in this repertoire with one of the instrument’s most acclaimed interpreters, whom BBC Music Magazine crowned ‘the Eric Clapton of the lute’ following the launch of Dunford’s debut album release in 2013. With his fleet fingers, glowing tone and natural abilities as a communicator, this will surely be a performance to remember.