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Flanders Recorder Quartet performs Apr. 29 at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

April 11, 2012

Concert explores Venice’s sweet sounds from the Renaissance and Baroque

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the internationally acclaimed Flanders Recorder Quartet in concert on Sunday, April 29, 2012. The program is called Venezia, Il paradiso di dolci suoni (Venice, the paradise of sweet sounds) and explores music from 1400 onward. The concert takes place at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Venice has long symbolized mystery, unexpected discoveries, incredible beauty, and la dolce vita. Its divine music will never seize to exist. In this insightful concert, the Flanders Recorder Quartet brings to life Renaissance hits, anonymous tunes, and the styles called prima and seconda prattica with music of Isaac, Agricola, Ciconia, Merula, and others, plus familiar Baroque music by composers such as Bach and Vivaldi.

The members of the award-winning Flanders Recorder Quartet are Tom Beets, Bart Spanhove, Joris Van Goethem and Paul Van Loey.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in events in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, where this concert will be held.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students with ID, and are available through the Yale School of Music box office (470 College Street), by phone at 203 432-4158, or online at music.yale.edu. For more information, call the Collection at 203 432-0825 or visit www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.


Since its foundation in 1987, The Flanders Recorder Quartet has evolved into one of the world’s top early music ensembles. Their success in 1990 at the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges was the start of an extensive career, which has seen over 1800 concerts in 42 countries. The ensemble also makes regular guest appearances at leading music festivals, such as those in Helsinki, Paris, Geneva, Boston, Vancouver, Singapore, Taipei and Mexico City. Numerous prizewinning recordings have apeared on labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Archiv/Deutsche Grammophon, Ricercar, and OPUS III, and the quartet enjoys an intensive collaboration with Aeolus. Their extensive collection of instruments and highly virtuosic performance of a richly varied program makes each concert an unforgettable experience and allows the recorder, one of the most important instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to shine in its former splendour. Their book, The Finishing Touch of Ensemble Playing (Alamire, 2000), has been translated into a number of languages. The Japanese journal Yomiuri Simbun commented: “The FRQ brings joy to the hearts of the overwhelmed listeners.”