Belladonna is joined by Beijing-trained pipa virtuoso Gao Hong to perform courtly entertainments, folk songs and dances of two continents. Rarely heard early music of China and Europe comes alive in this fascinating and colorful blend of traditions. The combination of the Chinese lute — a powerful instrument with a huge expressive range — and the animated virtuosity of Belladonna, creates an irresistible alliance that delights audiences. Works performed are by Byrd, van Eyck, Schmelzer, Falconieri, Locke, Playford and Uccellini and anonymous Chinese composers.
“Innovative and energetic.”