Hailed by critics as one of the world’s leading Baroque soloists, soprano Carolyn Sampson performs a program of Purcell’s songs and arias in Weill Recital Hall on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Sampson is joined by period instrumentalists Beiliang Zhu, viola da Gamba, Paul O’Dette, lute, and Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord, during her New York recital debut.
On Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m., period-music ensemble Arcangelo performs their first U.S. concert in Zankel Hall, led by Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen, and featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova in
J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BMV 1041.
Also included on the program is Handel’s rarely performed mythical
cantata Apollo e Dafne, featuring soprano Katherine Watson and baritone Nikolay Borchev.
For her recital, Ms. Sampson will perform a program of arias from Purcell’s lauded 1692 semi-opera The Fairy Queen, and his final, unfinished work, The Indian Queen,
in addition to well-known songs, such as “Music for a While” and “If
Music be the Food of Love.” Ms. Sampson is one of the most sought-after
early-music interpreters; her 2007 recording of Purcell songs and
arias, Victorious Love, was selected as Editor’s Choice and listed as one of the top ten Purcell recordings by Gramophone magazine.
Equally comfortable on the opera and concert stages, Ms. Sampson has
performed roles with the English National Opera, Opéra de Paris, and
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, among others. Her concert engagements have
included appearances at the BBC Proms, as well as numerous
collaborations with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Bayerische Rundfunk, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. In the U.S., Ms.
Sampson has been featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony,
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and St. Paul
Chamber Orchestra. She is a regular guest at the Mostly Mozart Festival,
where she recently performed works by Haydn and Mozart with the Mostly
Mozart Festival Orchestra conducted by Louis Langrée. See below for
complete concert details.
The following month, Jonathan Cohen, associate conductor of early-music
ensemble Les Arts Florissants, leads his new group, the technically
dazzling period-ensemble Arcangelo through works by J.C. Bach and J.S.
Bach, featuring violin soloist Alina Ibragimova on the latter’s Concerto
for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041. Notably, the ensemble
will also perform Handel’s secular cantata, Apolle e Daphne, a
lascivious tale of unrequited love, featuring soloists Katherine Watson
and Nikolay Borchev. Considered one of the composer’s most ambitious
early works, the piece depicts the unwelcome perusal of shape-shifting
nymph Dafne, by the Olympian god, Apollo. Formed in 2010, the young
ensemble, whose members are dedicated to faithful interpretation that
goes far beyond historical understanding, has already released several
critically acclaimed albums. In 2011, their debut CD, Porpora Cantatas (Hyperion Records), met with critical acclaim, as did their second Hyperion album, Arias for Guadagni
(2012), which featured British counter tenor Iestyn Davies. The release
received a Gramophone Award in 2012 and led to nomination for a
prestigious Sky Arts South Bank Award in 2013. Last year, Arcangelo
released Amoretti, a collection of works by Mozart, Gluck, and Grétry, featuring German soprano Christine Karg, and most recently, they released Finest Arias for Base Voice with Christopher Purves (Hyperion), which was selected by BBC Radio 3 as one of the year’s outstanding recordings.
Opened in September 2003, Zankel Hall—Carnegie Hall’s
modern, underground performance space—celebrates its tenth anniversary
this season with concerts that reflect the wide variety of music for
which the venue has become known, including appearances by up-and-coming
and established artists in the classical, jazz, world music, and pop
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