If it ain't 'baroque' it's not Barthold Kuijken

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
February 15, 2010

St. Paul, Minn. — Belgian Baroque Flute specialist, virtuoso, scholar, and all around rock star Barthold Kuijken has been making regular stops in the Twin Cities lately.

That might be because the flute professor at the University of Minnesota -- Immanuel Davis -- is a like-minded baroque flute aficionado.

This Thursday at Sundin Hall, both flute jocks will be on stage for a joint recital that includes music by Couperin, Leclair, the quintessential of all Baroque composers -- Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as one of Bach's best friends, Silvius Leopold Weiss.

A couple of years back, I attended not only Bart Kuijken's astonishingly beautiful concert, but also his masterclass for some of the advanced students at the U.

Though most of the students played on modern silver instruments, the words of wisdom on articulation, phrasing, tone and interpretation that Mr. Kuijken imparted to his charges was nothing short of masterful -- giving their performances an entirely new and fresh sound.

The Schubert Club is hosting Barthold Kuijken's visit with a concert Thursday night and a masterclass the next day at the Schubert Club. Dongsok Shin accompanies at the harpsichord.


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