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The BC Recorder Society’s 2016 annual Winter Musicale took place on December 1 in the Fireside Room at St. Philip’s Church. Some forty recorder enthusiasts attended to perform and enjoy the varied program. A semi-circle of music stands bedecked in tinsel and holly was backed by a blazing fire in preparation for the largest group of the evening, the six Jupiter Players, who played a Canzone by Salomone Rossi, always appreciated for his singing, layered polyphony. They were followed by Jupiter’s subset quartet Taksu who chose pieces by Palestrina and Morley, both exemplifying the Renaissance penchant for finding beauty in dark places – Nolo Mortem Peccatoris.
Duo Felix continued their Corelli explorations with his Sonata 2 in D min. Colin and Andrea MacDonald’s cuing was seamless, prompting me to wonder which of them was leading when both wear the pants! Bar None stayed in the Baroque period with a quintet arrangement of a Concerto in F by J.C. Pepusch, their “broken consort” supported by Elizabeth Paterson’s steady hand on the virginal, a smaller harpsichord.
For this writer, the highlight of the evening was Flauto Dolce,