Incantations & Inspirations

Harpsichordist Elaine Funaro and oboist Geoffrey Burgess present a recording of new music for baroque oboe and harpsichord.

oboist and harpsichordist

Photo: Duo d'amore

Oboist Geoffrey Burgess and harpsichordist Elaine Funaro

Harpsichordist Elaine Funaro and oboist Geoffrey Burgess formed a duo to commission and play new music for their antique instruments.

Incantations & Inspirations
Duo d'amore (Classic Concert Records, 2013)
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You might say that Australian composer Stephen Yates was the matchmaker for New York born  Elaine Funaro and Australian  Geoffrey Burgess. They two met briefly at a Boston Early Music Festival event, “We just sort of clicked at that moment,” says Burgess.  And it was Funaro’s mention of Stephen Yates that led to a continued conversation. “His pieces are wonderful, very idiomatic,” added Funaro. They shared their admiration for the composer and she described playing modern music on harpsichord.

The two played together and actually decided to commission a piece, “Cantos” from Yates.  “That’s how the duo came together,” says Burgess. The group’s name actually came from a work that they commissioned by another Australian composer, Andrew Ford. “Geoffrey played the larger oboe d’amore on that,” says Funaro. “Yah, that was where the idea for name for the group “Duo d’amore” came from,” says Burgess.

Although their CD Incantations & Inspirations is of all modern pieces, the two do play a lot of Baroque music together and one piece is directly inspired by music of Vivaldi. “I was intrigued by the way composer John Mayrose worked with Corelli and proposed that he look at Vivaldi to see what he would do with it,” says Burgess. The result has been one of their most popular pieces. “People really get it,” says Burgess.

Incantations & Inspirations
Duo d'amore (Classic Concert Records, 2013)
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album cover
George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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