Performance Friday, April 29, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Masaaki Suzuki

Weill Recital Hall


  • Masaaki Suzuki


  • L. COUPERIN Suite in A Minor
  • L. COUPERIN Passacaille in C Major
  • BYRD Ninth Pavan and Galliard in D Minor from Lady Nevell's Book
  • FROBERGER Lamento sopra la dolorosa perdita della Real Maesta di Ferdinando IV
  • BUXTEHUDE Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 163
  • BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 853
  • BACH Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

  • Encore:
  • BACH Andante from Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, BWV 964


  • Masaaki Suzuki

    Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained the ensemble's Music Director ever since, taking it regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the US, and building an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances.

    Mr. Suzuki is now regularly invited to work with such renowned European period ensembles as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester-with which he visited several European capitals last season-as well as modern-instrument orchestras in repertoire that includes works by Britten, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Stravinsky. Forthcoming engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Highlights of his current season with Bach Collegium Japan include 20th anniversary concerts in Tokyo and a tour of the US, as well as a visit to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

    Mr. Suzuki's impressive discography on the BIS label-which features Bach's complete works for harpsichord and interpretations of Bach's major choral works and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (of which he has already completed more than 40 volumes of a project to record the complete series)-have brought him critical acclaim.

    Mr. Suzuki combines his conducting career with his work as an organist and harpsichordist; this year, he gives solo performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Born in Kobe, he graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with a degree in composition and organ performance, and went on to study harpsichord and organ at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee. Founder and head of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he is currently Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.
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Bach, Prelude in C Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870
Masaaki Suzuki, Harpsichord

At a Glance

Organist and harpsichordist Masaaki Suzuki takes us on a European tour of Baroque keyboard repertoire—from William Byrd to Johann Jacob Froberger to Louis Couperin to Dieterich Buxtehude—leading inexorably to grandmaster Johann Sebastian Bach and his final keyboard suite.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.

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