Heinrich Biber's Sonata No. 7 for two trumpets
performed at Staunton Music Festival
August 20, 2016
Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA
Kris Kwapis and Bruno Lourensetto
About the Music
Heinrich Biber (1644-1704) was one of the most significant composers of the High Baroque and, apart from Mozart, ranks as the most accomplished musician that called Salzburg home for much of his life. Though noted today for his sacred works as well as his pioneering approach to violin writing, Biber also wrote fabulous music for brass. His Sonata No. 7 in C Major for Two Trumpets demonstrates a masterful control of the instrument, which was valveless in this era. Biber was among very few composers who featured brass instruments in a big way in his music. Residing at the main Transalpine crossroads, he also brings together the advances in instrumental virtuosity developed in northern Italy with a native tradition of wind music that permeates the Tyrol region to this day. This Sonata lasts less than a minute—a mere whisper and it’s gone.
Kris Kwapis appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with period-instrument ensembles across North America, including Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and Bach Collegium San Diego. A Grammy-nominated artist, Kris has recorded on Kleos, Naxos, ReZound, Musica Omnia and Dorian labels and her playing has been broadcast live on CBC, WNYC, WQED, Portland All-Classical (KQAC), Sunday Baroque and Wisconsin Public Radio. Kris is on faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute and at her home in Seattle. When not immersed in music, she is active as a visual artist in the encaustic medium.
Described as “impressively confident” by the New York Times and “simply stupendous” by the British Art Desk, Bruno Lourensetto acts as guest principal trumpet of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and second trumpet of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Extremely versatile on modern and natural trumpet, Bruno has served as principal trumpet of the Queretaro and Guanajuato Philharmonic Orchestras in Mexico and performed as soloist with acclaimed Early Music ensembles, including the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver and Julliard415. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, toured Asia, Europe and Latin America and played under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Zubin Metha and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
In addition to her busy teaching and performing schedule, Kris maintains a sideline passion for art--specifically working with encaustic media. Art and gardening and a truly unique tonic recipe make this a delightful postcard from the West Coast!
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