The Baroque Room
Harpsichord Recital Series: Zweikampf - Faythe Vollrath and Stephen Gamboa, harpsichord
$25 | $5 Students
Zweikampf, known for their eclectic and engaging concert presentations, proposes a showcase of virtuoso works and transcriptions for two harpsichords. The virtuosic possibilities of the harpsichord are expounded with the addition of a second instrument, creating natural competition between the two players. Composers, exploiting this natural inclination to ‘show off,’ created pieces full of glittering phrases, brilliant passage work, and the chance for performers to display their finest artistry and dramatic flair. Krebs’ Concerto for two harpsichords and the arrangement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins, traverse the technical and dramatic possibilities of two instruments in contest with each other. The program closes with the breathtaking Sonata a due cembali of Mattheson, a selection that uses the combined sound of two harpsichords in rich harmony and electrifying passagework to create the effect of a ‘super instrument.’ Pitting the skills of the players against each other as they race to the finish of the program in a display of harpsichord fireworks, “Face Off” is sure to be a thrilling experience for all audiences.
PROGRAM (to include)
Konzert A-Moll fur Zwei Cembali - Johann Ludwig Krebs
Sonata A due Cembali - Johann Mattheson
Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor RV522 - Antonio Vivaldi, arr. by Tom Pixton
Three New Chestnuts (1986) - William Albright
Zweikampf, the harpsichord duo, seeks to explore the interpretive possibilities of music on two keyboards. Both originally from California, Stephen and Faythe met as graduate students at Stony Brook University and formed the duo in 2009. Since then, they have performed across the country, delighting audiences with their engaging concert presentations and provocative playing. Their musical excellence led them to the finals of Early Music America’s first Baroque Performance Competition in 2012. As a result of their diverse taste in music and the flexibility two keyboards provide, Zweikampf has a repertoire that spans more than five centuries, and includes popular music as well.
Zweikampf performed recently in Arizona for the Phoenix Early Music Society, as well as a tour of northern California. Other engagements include performing on antique instruments at The Barn at Flintwoods in Delaware, Christ Church in Oyster Bay, NY, the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, Berkeley Early Music Festival, the State University of California at Sacramento, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, St. Mark’s in Islip, NY, the Baroque Room in St. Paul, MN, and as concerto soloists with the Aulos Ensemble at the Staller Center for the Arts. Zweikampf has been heard on Harmonia Baroque and Arizona Public Radio.