Historiae de divini // Tales of the Divine

Historiae de divini // Tales of the Divine

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Violinist Max Baillie combines dazzling technique with emotional range in this new type of recital in the Colnaghi Gallery.

More intimate than a front-row seat, watch the 16th century triptych behind Max come to life as the music unfolds. In the Colnaghi Gallery in London. 38 mins.

The programme is:

Partita No. 2 in D Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach
"Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus" (Praise to the eternity of Jesus) from Quartet For The End Of Time, by Olivier Messiaen

The artworks are by Anonymous (Antwerp School, first half of the 16th century) and Jacob De Backer (Antwerp, c. 1555-1585). In the triptych by Anonymous, the central panel shows the Lamentation with the Entombment in the background, while the wings show Joseph of Arimathiea and Longinus, and Saints Mary Magdalene and Mary of Egypt. It is oil on panel in an engaged frame.

This performance was filmed at the Colnaghi Gallery in London. Directed by Jonathan Berman.

About the artists

Max Baillie

Max Baillie

British-German violinist and violist Max Baillie is sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader in the UK and abroad. His musical life reflects his interest in the cross-pollination of musical styles, having led Bjork’s string orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, recorded with guitar maestro John Williams, and dueted with Bobby McFerrin in New York. From folk tunes in the Welsh hills to major festivals across the world, Max leads a chameleonic life embracing classical, improvisation, and appearances on stages big and small.
Diana Ketler

Diana Ketler

Diana Ketler was born in Riga into a well-known family of musicians. She commenced her studies of music and piano at the age of five at the E Darzins specialised music school in Riga and played her concerto debut at the age of 11 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vassily Sinaisky. She graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music with a first class Honours degree in 1993, the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg and Royal Academy in London. In 1996/1997 and 2000/2001 Diana was awarded the Hodgson Piano Fellowship at the Academy. Diana has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world and is frequently engaged at festivals, for solo recitals and masterclasses. Diana is currently a professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music and artistic director of the Chiemgauer Musikfrühling Festival in Bavaria, Germany.

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Music and poetry come together in this contemplative, uplifting work on the positives of solitude. Featuring Sir Simon Russell Beale. Rated 4* by The Telegraph.
Violinist Max Baillie gives an electrifying performance in London’s Colnaghi Gallery. See J S Bach’s Partita in D Minor and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet For The End Of Time in a new light.

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