Ere Lievonen

Beauty and the Beasts

Sari Straatsma, traverso
Ere Lievonen, harpsichord

The Baroque ensemble Beauty and the Beasts was founded by Sari Straatsma (née Räsänen) and Ere Lievonen in 2002. They met each other during their early music studies at the Utrecht Conservatory. The pleasure of playing together inspired them from the beginning to find a common musical language in order to tell a story; a musical language that is flexible and varies according to the composer and the style of music. The ensemble has successfully performed at different festivals, such as the Fringe series of the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and the BarokkiKuopio festival in Finland. Nowadays, both members of the ensemble perform in The Netherlands and elsewhere with several other ensembles and orchestras as well.
Beauty and the Beasts focuses on the rich chamber music repertory of the eighteenth century. The core of the ensemble consists of harpsichord and traverso, but guest players regularly join in, including baroque violin, baroque oboe, viola da gamba or cello. The enthusiasm of Beauty and the Beasts brings a fresh, colourful and stylish sound full of emotions and expression. Baroque music from various countries at its best.

Listen to Beauty and the Beasts:

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre: Prelude in D major
(mp3, 5.1 Mb, 3′59″)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for flute and harpsichord in A major BWV1032
(mp3, 12.6 Mb, 13′28″)
Vivace – Largo e dolce – Allegro