Friday, May 29, 2009

"fiendish virtuosity and expressive elegance"

The SDEMS is pleased to present an extra non-subscription concert on June 3 at 8pm : Harpsichordist Bertrand Cuiller will perform works by William Byrd, John Bull (the King's hunt), Louis Couperin, J.S. Bach (Italian Concerto) and Domenico Scartlatti. We chose the Congregational Church of La Jolla to hold this event because if its ideal intimacy for recitals, and its exceptional acoustics for harpsichord music (as demonstrated so often during the recitals presented by the San Diego Harpsichord Society in the past).

Bertrand Cuiller is one of the most promising harpsichordists of today. He studied with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantai, and was a prizewinner at the Bruges International harpsichord competition. His first solo recording of music by William Byrd, Peter Philips and John Bull, was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'or, and Choc du Monde de la Musique. When reviewing this recording, Diapason wrote : "... between fiendish virtuosity and expressive elegance. [...] This attention to tone color, to density of texture, to the profound meaning of the keyboard language, wouldn't be anything without superior abilities, and those of Bertrand Cuiller seem infinite."

More details on this concert (including a link to Bertrand Cuiller's own website and musical excerpts of his Byrd recording) can be found on

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