There are no ifs about Davies and Fretwork’s pairing of Nyman and Purcell.

The Guardian, London

Recital
Fretwork with
Iestyn Davies, countertenor

MICHAEL NYMAN
No Time in Eternity
Balancing the Books
The Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and Her Omnipotence
Music After a While
If
Why
PURCELL
Fantasia No. 7 in C minor
Fantasia No. 11 in G major
Fantasia No. 6 in F major
Music for a while
The Evening Hymn
Fantasia upon one note

Words like "glorious," "rapturous," "exquisite," and "sublime" routinely come into play when conversations turn to the vocal mastery of countertenor Iestyn Davies. Joined by the storied British viol ensemble Fretwork, Davies bridges three centuries of English repertoire in a stirring recital of works by Henry Purcell and contemporary minimalist composer Michael Nyman—whose work has long been influenced by the Baroque masters. "A masterclass in technique, vocal beauty and moving musicality that it is hard to imagine surpassed" (Gramophone).

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Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 2pm
Hertz Hall
With Nikolas Nackley, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, UC Berkeley Dept. of Music. Free to ticket holders.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]