Baroque at the edge: Paolo Pandolfo
New festival in town: Baroque at the edge. Quite attractive programme focused on providing not-so-usual experiences and blending genres.
This recital by the Italian violagambista Paolo Pandolfo was a perfect fitting for the festival. Not only he is one of the most exquisite and sensitive gamba players nowadays but he also is interested on crossing repertoires.
The recital had no printed programme, just Paolo talking about what he was playing: a series of improvisations from a renaissance melody shaping into a well known piece for gamba, a couple of works on their own and another two new works by Pandolfo based on this way or improvising. All of them were magnificent: from total virtuous playing (like in Marais Rondeau le Bijou) or more intimate and expressive (Exilium improvisation).
The audience got perfectly into the mood keeping a perfect silence and improvising also when to applaud. What a nice concert!