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May 19, 2006

Scarlatti Lives

One great thing classical music (broadly defined) has over most other kinds is a fathomless capacity for new interpretations, new approaches, new energies. There’s a reason it's referred to as “timeless”—it invites performers through the centuries to imprint it with their own moment in history, whether or not they pay conscious homage to its origins. When that happens, as REBEL shows us this week, the music of even the most familiar composers sounds as though it’s being performed for the first time.

REBEL’s six members achieve this with amazing virtuosity and dash. For them, Baroque music is a living, breathing world, a world alive with beauty sometimes as eccentric as the original meaning of the word implies—and a world they invite us into with every phrase. Watching and listening to them perform this program, I had no immediate sense that their repertoire is almost three centuries old. I was only swept away.

Posted by Vaughn Ormseth at May 19, 2006 3:26 PM



One of your very best shows ever. More of the rebels please. We love your show. Giovanni and Kris

By Giovanni at May 22, 2006 6:37 PM