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Elinor Frey
Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Frey’s honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and American Musicological Society and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, Les Idées hereuses, and Bradamante, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and second prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenear Competition in Utrecht. Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky. Her two releases on the Belgian label Passacaille include the 2015 release Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano and the recent release, La voce del violoncello. Her performance of this program was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe.

Guided by Voices


Elinor Frey reveals the five-string cello’s incredible versatility and remarkable colours through J.S. Bach’s Sixth Suite for solo cello, as well as her own transcriptions of violin music by Telemann and Benda, and newly commissioned works by Canadian composers Scott Godin and Isaiah Ceccarelli.

Today, the five-string cello is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. However, in the 17th and 18th centuries it was simply one of the many instruments used in the family of bass violins, and was particularly important for virtuosic sonatas and solos. The program centres around the five-string cello’s most enduring work, Bach’s Sixth Suite for Unaccompanied Cello (BWV 1012) — a sibling of Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, which inspired the Toronto Music Garden.

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) (c. 30 min)
Suite no. 6 for violoncello solo in D major [BWV 1012]
Gavotte I & II 

Isaiah Ceccarelli (b. 1978)
With concord of sweet sounds (2015)

František Benda(1709-1786)
Caprice XVI: Moderato (3’)
Progressive etude No. 25: Allegro moderato (2’)

J.P. Telemann (1681-1767) Fantasia no. 12 in A minor (5’)
Moderato / Vivace / Presto

Scott Edward Godin (b. 1970)
Guided By Voices (2014) (8’)

Thanks to Sonja & Michael Koerner

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