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All-Newton Baroque Trio plays captavating but restrained music

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Works by Vivaldi, Handel,

Frescobaldi, Bach, and Corelli.

April 6, MIT Chapel.

Event in the Thursday Noon Chapel Series.



THURSDAY LAST, THE ALL-NEWTON Baroque Trio -- Louise Treitman (voice, viols), Sonja Lindblad (recorder), and Gisela Krause (harpsichord) -- performed a program of baroque works in the MIT Chapel.

The opening work, Handel's Cantata Nell dolce dell'oblio, is a love song with such musical expressiveness that a failure to understand the Italian words did not get in the way of its enjoyment. The balance and interplay between musicians was generally excellent, although Treitman did at times dominate her accompaniment.

Frescobaldi's Toccata Settima for harpsichord has an improvisatory feel; its lack of form made this perhaps the weakest piece on the program.

Bach's aria, Give the Hungry Man thy Bread, from Cantata No. 39, has a moving text as well as music: "God, whatever I have, you have given me. When I stand in your presence, grateful songs will be sung, and all you ask of me is love." Treitman was more restrained for this piece, putting the emphasis on the music, which was excellent, rather than drawing attention to herself.

Lindblad tended to drag during the Vivaldi, Sonata in G Minor, Op.13a, but at other times during the program produced captivating sounds from her recorder.

Corelli's Sonata in F Major, Op.5, was my favorite on the program; true to Baroque ideals, this piece is an excellent example of form and pacing. The final allegro was given a delightful performance, bringing both the work and the program as a whole to a pleasurable conclusion.