This concert, given by Judith Linsenberg (recorders) and Michael Jarvis (harpsichord), was held on September 7 (Labour Day). The concert was put on
by the Maple Ridge Music Society, in the magnificent living room of the home of BCRS member Josine Eikelenboom. It was attended by more than 60 people, some of which came out from Vancouver.
The evening was a great success on several accounts. First our hosts laid on an attractive buffet before the concert. This allowed the various walks of life attending to mingle and chat over food and drink, a very civilized occasion setting us all up in anticipation of the music.
The performance was excellent. Linsenberg and Jarvis played with good communication and empathy in sonatas by Handel, Bach and Veracini. Jarvis performed an impressive solo piece (a Toccata by Frescobaldi). Linsenberg
did several solos, including her arrangement of a Bach cello suite and a modern piece by American recorder composer Pete Rose. The choice of music
generally was out of the ordinary for recorder concerts. For example the Handel piece was not one of the expected recorder sonatas that we all
struggle with, but an arrangement of a violin sonata. A crowd-pleaser was a crisp rendition of a set of English country dances including Rufty Tufty and Newcastle.
Linsenberg is a brilliant virtuoso player, excelling in fast and complex pieces, yet still achieving warmth and emotion. Her playing of the country dances on soprano recorder echoing around the big room was a real tour-de-force. The Handel and Bach were played on voice flute, a tenor-sized recorder in the key of D, which had a wonderful rich sound.
All-in-all, we owe many thanks to Josine for putting this on. Her organizational skills and her high-ceilinged living room with its excellent
acoustics and candle-lit chandeliers were all greatly appreciated.