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Sterne and Hakel-Garcia Play 17th-c. Monody

Sterne and Hakel-Garcia Play 17th-c. Monody

 Collin Sterne and Abigail Hakel-Garcia perform Caccini

Collin Sterne and Abigail Hakel-Garcia perform Caccini

Oberlin junior, Collin Sterne, presented the product of a special winter-break project this week: a duo concert with singer Abigail Hakel-Garcia dedicated to the monody of Caccini and others. In accompanying her, he used the theorbo he's been playing this year in the Baroque Orchestra and other groups. 

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This music is seldom played. I discovered it when I was a student and found it stunningly beautiful and expressive. It requires a style of singing few voice students study, let alone master. The ornaments are idiosyncratic; they are not used in other styles much and so tend to be ignored. But Abigail has been working at this for a little while, and is obviously comfortable in the style. Her handling of the material was impressive, and her delivery was exquisitely expressive and stylistically dead-center. Collin created the appropriate cushion for this material with his deftly placed chordal rendering of the figured bass. The low notes of the theorbo rang out beautifully in the space--the acoustically and aesthetically ideal Fairchild Chapel.

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And for their program, they found music by two female composers (see below). Pretty cool.

My hat's off to these two for their ambitious and unusual project. Wow!!

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Lutanist Nigel North in Oberlin

Lutanist Nigel North in Oberlin

Senior Stephen Fazio plays in Du Yun's Angel's Bone

Senior Stephen Fazio plays in Du Yun's Angel's Bone

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