The Four Nations Ensemble and Artistic Director Andrew Appel present a lively selection of music based on the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, featuring Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Kathie Stewart, flute; Olivier Brault and Adriane Post, violin; Kyle Miller, viola; Jaap TerLinden, viol; Loretta O’Sullivan, cello; and Andrew Appel, harpsichord.
The Clark’s collection includes one of Thomas Gainsborough’s most exquisite and touching portraits, Elizabeth and Thomas Linley. Thomas, a great friend of Mozart, drowned in a swimming accident in his early twenties after having written violin concertos, choral works, and songs for Shakespeare productions by David Garrick. Elizabeth married the brilliant playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, but the marriage was a strained one. Unfazed by her voice—said to be the best in England—Sheridan refused his wife access to the stage once married.
Four Nations, inspired by these two stars of the eighteenth century and the artist’s passion for music, has woven a program around the composers who passed through Gainsborough’s studio, the finest in eighteenth-century London. We add to the works of Thomas Linley, songs written specifically for Elizabeth Linley, and works by J. C. Bach, Johann Abel, Thomas Chilcott, and Franz Joseph Haydn. This moment in music history is marked with grace, eternal sunshine, and endless intelligence.
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Clark Art Institute
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