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Andrew Manze
Violinist Andrew Manze He's been called the "Stephane Grappelli of baroque violin." In this Studio 4A session, Andrew Manze joins us to demonstrate his highly individual approach to baroque music. Some think he's over the top, but Manze feels he can't do enough in his quest to surprise his audience every time he performs.
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    The Program
    Handel: Violin Sonata in A, Op. 1, No. 3
    Corelli: Violin Sonata in D-minor, Op. 5, No. 7
    Pandolfi: Violin Sonata in C, Op. 3, No. 6, "La Sabbatina"
    Listen to Part 1
    Listen to Part 2

    Manze and harpsichordist Richard Egarr believe that to perform in the spirit of the baroque, you have to improvise and even embellish on what the composer wrote, since that's what musicians were expected to do in the 17th and 18th centuries. This sets them apart from other baroque ensembles that strive to recreate exactly what's on the printed page.

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    ANDREW MANZE, violin
    Andrew Manze is "among the most exciting of early music's young blades" (The Independent), and has been referred to as "a violinist with extraordinary flair and improvisatory freedom, the Grapelli of the baroque violin" (BBC Music Magazine); in fact he may well be "the first modern superstar of the baroque violin" (San Francisco Examiner).

    As soloist, orchestral director and chamber musician he is a performer of violin repertoire from 1610 to 1830, and as a conductor he is in increasing demand amongst 'modern' instrument orchestras. He also teaches, writes and broadcasts about many aspects of the 'early' music world.

    Manze read Classics at Cambridge and studied at the Royal Academies of London and The Hague. After a period as concertmaster of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, he was appointed Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996. As a chamber musician he was a member of the former, celebrated trio Romanesca and, since 1984, he has collaborated with the keyboard player Richard Egarr.

    Andrew Manze has played in over 30 different countries in Europe, America, the Middle and Far East. 2000/01 includes tours of Biber's Mystery Sonatas and Bach recitals throughout Europe, plus a 16 city North American tour as soloist/director of The AAM. He will also appear as director and soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco).

    Manze is an exclusive recording artist with Harmonia Mundi USA and was HM's Artist of the Year in 1998. This collaboration has resulted in many, award-winning recordings with Romanesca, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden and the AAM, including discs of sonatas by Biber, Schmelzer and Tartini, and concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel (Op.6 concerti grossi).

    Prizes include pairs of Gramophone, Edison and Cannes Classical Awards, as well as the 'Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica Italiana', Diapason d'Or and 'Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik', all also twice, and a 1999 Grammy nomination for Handel's Op.6. As well as receiving the 2000 Gramophone Award, the CD of Pandolfi Sonatas was named one of the 50 best recordings of the year by BBC Music Magazine, Amazon.Com and The Sunday Times, as well as 'Choc' du Monde de la Musique.

    Also in 2000, his recording (with Egarr and ter Linden) of Bach's Violin Sonatas were acclaimed as "one of the most important Bach releases of this anniversary" by Classic CD. The most recent AAM release, of Geminiani Concerti Grossi, was "Editor's Choice" in the Gramophone.

    Manze is a tutor and director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, a training initiative of the European Union. He is a regular guest at international masterclasses, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music, London.

    Richard Egarr  
    RICHARD EGARR, harpsichord
    Richard Egarr is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. As a soloist he has performed extensively in the major music festivals throughout Europe, as well as critically acclaimed tours in the USA and Japan. He has given solo and concerto performances in the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Wigmore Hall in London.

    He works regularly as a chamber partner with Andrew Manze, Jaap ter Linden and Catherine Bott, playing all types of historical keyboards and performing music ranging from fifteenth century organ intabulations to modern piano music from this century. He was harpsichordist with London Baroque from 1991-95, and is now director of The Academy of the Begijnhof, Amsterdam. Since 1998 he is regular guest director of The Amsterdam Bach Soloists and The Hanover Band.

    His musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, and as Organ-Scholar at Clare College Cambridge, brings a deep and wide-ranging experience to Richard's activities inside and outside Early Music. His study with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam further inspired his work in the field of historical performance, culminating in his taking top prize in the International C.P.E. Bach Fortepiano-Clavichord-Harpsichord Competition in Hamburg.

    As a conductor Richard has had great experience in many fields. He has directed operas and oratorios, from Bach's Matthew Passion to John Taverner's Ikon of Light. In 1998 he conducted an extraordinary production of a Baroque Circus with the troupe Rasposo for the Festival Ile de France and the Paris Conservatory. He has been greeted as guest director of The Hanover Band (Wigmore Hall, the Warwick and Dieppe Festivals), and of the Amsterdam Bach Soloists (Berlin Bachtage).

    Richard also lead a project of baroque and contemporary music with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. Next season's highlights are a Mozart series with Hanover Band in Wigmore Hall, programmes with baroque up to romantic repertoire with Amsterdam Bach Soloists, and a guest conductor programme with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He will also tour Australia and the USA (twice) with Andrew Manze.

    As soloist, Richard now appears for the third consecutive year with the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, this time in a Mozart concerto. 1999 also saw him demonstrate his remarkable improvisational skills in two concerts with jazz pianist-composer Guus Janssen. This collaboration continued in 2000 with two more cross-over events.

    Richard has appeared on many recordings. His solo discs include works by Frescobaldi, Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, and a recital disc for EMI of popular works by Bach. He made the first complete recording of the keyboard works of Johann Jakob Froberger which has met great critical response. Recent recordings with Andrew Manze and Jaap ter Linden for HM USA include sonatas by Rebel, Handel and Bach.

    The recording of the complete sonatas of Pandolfi won the Baroque Instrumental category in the 2000 Gramophone Awards. In 2001 Richard will record the complete Bach harpsichord concertos for Harmonia Mundi USA. Further solo recording projects include the first complete recording of the keyboard sonatas by Mozart on actual eighteenth century instruments known to Mozart. As director of the Hanover Band he will record Mozart's complete Masonic Music and Piano concertos.

    RELATED LINKS
  • Academy of Ancient Music [www.aam.co.uk]
    Manze is AAM associate director, Egarr is the AAM harpsichordist.

  • More on Manze
    Andrew Manze's management company Web page. Click on "Artists" in the navigation menu.

  • More on Egarr
    Richard Egarr's management company Web page.

  • NPR's Sunday Baroque
    Our weekly early music program.

  • Early music links from The Baroque Society of Pittsburgh
    An excellent resource for further exploration on the Web.

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