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Virtuoso baroque chamber ensemble

“Musically suave… volatile and beguiling.”
~ San Francisco Classical Voice 

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PROGRAMS


The Father, The Son, and The Godfather

This program features a musical exploration of an extended family of geniuses: Johann Sebastian Bach, his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Georg Philipp Telemann, the elder Bach's friend and CPE's godfather. You'll hear sublime and intricate chamber music by JS Bach, the beloved Trio in G Minor for Oboe and Violin as well as solo fantasias by Telemann, and the witty Sanguineus et Melancholicus by the younger Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.


Four Seasons, Three Graces

What if "The Four Seasons", one of the most popular pieces of all time, wasn't an original composition but an arrangement of a lost original? What if Vivaldi had scored his most famous work for a mixed chamber ensemble with violin, flute, and oboe, before reworking it for traditional string orchestra, as he did with "Il Gardellino", "La Tempesta di Mare", and other concertos? Arranged by House of Time’s own Gonzalo X. Ruiz, this colorful reconstruction of this speculative original presents Vivaldi's naturalistic masterpiece as you've never heard it before. From singing birds to babbling brooks and barking dogs, from summer storms to wintry winds, the seasons come alive in this new chamber setting. Carolyn Yarnell's riveting "Three Graces" is a savage and beautiful musical portrait of three strong women who shaped her childhood in the Sierra Nevada. Commissioned by Gonzalo X. Ruiz and guest flutist Stephen Schultz, it earned them the 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.


Trascendent Bach

Scholars have long supposed that many chamber works were among the hundreds of lost works by Bach and House of Time brings this speculation vividly to life. This exciting program features House of Time's arrangement of one of the organ trios as well as one his only three surviving original trios. The sonata in E minor for violin and continuo, an obbligato harpsichord sonata long thought to be for oboe, the monumental Ciaccona for solo violin and the Toccata in C minor round out a compelling imaginary night of chamber music at the Bach household.


1685: Year of Genius

In the year 1685 lightning struck not twice but thrice, with the births of three of the greatest composers of the baroque era. The endless wit and invention of the Italian master's keyboard sonatas is the perfect foil for the towering chamber music of the German giants. Featuring Handel's "Dresden" Trio in G minor, Bach's trio, BWV1028, for oboe d'amore and violin, and the suite for unaccompanied cello in D minor performed by the incomparable Beiliang Zhu, winner of the Leipzig Bach Competition.


Mozart in Prague

Beginning in 1787 the city of Prague worked its magic on Mozart and deeply influenced his later works. House of Time explores this love affair with a program including a rarely heard setting of the Overture to Don Giovanni for string quartet, the brooding Adagio and Fugue in C minor, alongside the youthful exuberant quartet for oboe and strings and works by Bohemian composers Anton Reicha and Franz Krommer.


Imaginary Theater

Some of the most exciting and vivid music of the Baroque was written for the opera stage. In this program, House of Time features instrumental gems by Handel and Rameau in new arrangements (including the rarely heard Zaïs) by Gonzalo X. Ruiz. The daring, impressionistic overture depicts the creation of the world, progressing from chaos to order – while the dances that follow present the kaleidoscopic world of 18th-century ballet through the lens of Rameau's colorful wit.

 

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PRESS

“Musically suave... volatile and beguiling.”
~ San Francisco Classical Voice

See the complete review by Steven Winn


BIOGRAPHY

House of Time, known for their “fluency and command” (San Francisco Classical Voice) is dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertoire of the 17th through the 21st century played on period instruments. Members and guests include Juilliard and Curtis faculty and alumni of The Juilliard School, as well as prize-winners of major international competitions. Using the instruments and techniques of the past to express the vivid passions in the music, House of Time has moved audiences and keeps them coming back for more. Critics have declared oboist, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, “one of only a handful of truly superb baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell); Tatiana Daubek, is known for her "sleekly elegant playing" (Gazettes Long Beach); Avi Stein, one of NYC’s finest, is described by the New York Times as “a brilliant organ soloist” and Beiliang Zhu, is described by the New Yorker as “elegant, sensual and stylishly wild”.

Currently in their 4th season as ensemble in residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, they have been presented by Berkeley Early Music Festival, Czech Center New York, Early Music Festival: NYC, San Diego and San Francisco Early Music Societies, and The University Club in NYC and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Future appearances include concerts at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague. House of Time as a group and individuals continue to give free outreach concerts at Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients in New York City.


CONTACT

For booking inquiries, please contact Shirley Hunt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (415) 340-2621

 

 

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