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European Music from the 18th Century - Commented Recital

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore 117376 (map)

Isabel Calado, harpsichord/presenter


J.F. DANDRIEU (French Composer)           

            Quatrième Suite                                

            I.         Les Doux Propos

            II.        La Patétique

            III.       La Fidèle. Sarabande

            IV.       La Capricieuse. Gigue


D. SCARLATTI (Italian Composer)                               

             Sonata in D minor, K213                                                                    

             Sonata in D major, K214


M. B. NEBRA (Spanish Composer)                           

              Sonata in A minor                                   

              Sonata in C minor


F. X. BAPTISTA (Portuguese Composer)                 

           Toccata in G major                            

           Toccata in C major, Allegro

           Toccata in C major


The repertoire includes different musical styles present in the 18th century: from the sonatas by the well-known Italian musician, D. Scarlatti, who worked in the Portuguese Court and later in the Spanish Court to the French Music and including unknown works by the Portuguese composer F. X. Baptista. F. X. Baptista toccatas have survived in an 18th century musical manuscript available in Biblioteca Nacional, Lisboa, Portugal. The selected repertoire represents different approaches to the harpsichord and consequently different sonorities and characters. Therefore the concert repertoire presents different perspectives on the harpsichord as a solo instrument.

Isabel Calado is a Portuguese harpsichord player. She performs regularly in concerts in several European countries, United States and Japan as a soloist and also integrating various chamber music groups and orchestras. Among the orchestras with whom she has worked, the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal), the Orquestra do Algarve (Portugal), the Orquestra Com.Cordas (Portugal) and the Baroque Orchestra of Nagoya (Japan) stand out. Among the chamber music groups with whom Isabel Calado has worked with, the Musica et Tempora, the Ensemble dos Biscaínhos and the partnership, since 2009, with the UK resident tenor, Márcio da Rosa stand out.

Her discography includes the following CDs: Six Prussian Sonatas by C. P. E. Bach; Pièces de Clavecin: Huitième et Douzième Ordres by F. Couperin; Quatre Suite de Pièces de Clavecin de J.-B. de Boismortier and “Toccatas, Sonatas e Minuetos” from 18th century Portuguese Composers. She also recorded Scarlatti sonatas in the unique original Portuguese harpsichord from 1758 made by J. Antunes that survived to this day lying in the music museum in Lisbon, Portugal.

Parallel to the ongoing performative activity, she also teaches harpsichord and basso continuo at the national music school: Conservatório de Música do Porto, Portugal. Since 2011 several of her students have won awards in harpsichord nationwide contests. In 2015 and once more in 2016 she taught a master class in harpsichord and chamber music in Nagoya, Japan.

In regard to her training, she began her studies at the school where she teaches today - the Conservatório de Música do Porto. She completed a degree of two academic cycles in music, instrument harpsichord, in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa in 2006. She also obtained a masters degree in Ensino da Música (Music Teaching) at Escola das Artes da Universidade Católica in 2011. She obtained a PhD in Musicology at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2016.


In 2005 she received a merit award attributed by the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa.



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