Friends of Music: Quicksilver
The first Friends of Music's concerts of 2013, on January 13th and 14th, also marked the Washington, DC debut of Quicksilver. A recently formed ensemble that brings together some of America's most prominent Baroque instrumentalists, Quicksilver is led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. They were joined by David Morris, viola da gamba; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; Charles Weaver, theorbo; and Avi Stein, harpsichord. The program of rarities, entitled “Fantasticus: An exploration of the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of the German seventeenth century,” explored rarely heard music by Matthias Weckmann, Johann Schmelzer, Massimiliano Neri, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johannes Vierdanck, Johann Kaspar Kerll, and Antonio Bertali—all played with breathtaking vitality.