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APOLLO & PAN
Winners of the 2001 Early Music Network International Young Artists' Competition, Apollo & Pan explore the numerous hitherto neglected works for violin and bassoon from the 17th and 18th centuries, using both renaissance and baroque instruments. This dynamic young group present a programme sketching the musical landscape into which Johann Sebastian Bach was born and which was irreversibly influenced by him. In Greek mythology, Pan famously challenged Apollo to a musical contest: in the renaissance, Pan, often pictured holding a wind instrument, represented the wild and untamed, whereas Apollo, normally shown with a stringed instrument, stood for the sublime and refined. With the development of mixed ensembles in the 17th century, this popular combination symbolised the contrast of the opposing forces of Apollo and Pan.