Carnegie Hall Presents

Baroque Unlimited

Historically informed Baroque music has become all the rage all over the world, and this series proves it. As The English Concert and the Italian group Europa Galante salute 18th-century composers from their home countries—Purcell and Vivaldi, respectively—L’Arpeggiata explores musical piety in works from Southern Europe in the 17th century.

The English Concert

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Europa Galante

L'Arpeggiata

Les Violons du Roy

The English Concert

Zankel Hall
Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Performers

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Director, Harpsichord, and Organ
Andreas Scholl, Countertenor

Program

BIBER Sonata a 6
PURCELL "Sweeter than Roses" from Pausanias
PURCELL "Music for a While"
PURCELL "An Evening Hymn"
PURCELL Scenes from King Arthur
MUFFAT Passacaglia from Sonata No. 5
PURCELL Scenes from The Fairy Queen
Over 300 years after it was written, Purcell’s music resonates as among the best ever written on the British Isles. In this performance, The English Concert brings the composer’s dramatic semi-operas King Arthur and The Fairy Queen to the fore in Zankel Hall.

Listen

Purcell King Arthur or The British Worthy "Air"

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The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Friday, November 18, 2011 | 7:30 PM
Last season, on a trip to Toronto, The New York Times critic James Oestreich took in a Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra concert, and was blown away by this energetic band. “The musical performance … was of the highest order,” he later wrote. “The bursts of virtuosity were too widespread and numerous to mention.” This season, you only need to travel as far as Zankel Hall to hear this remarkable Baroque group, which is celebrating Jeanne Lamon’s 30th anniversary as music director.

Europa Galante

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Europa Galante
Fabio Biondi, Violin and Director
Vivica Genaux, Mezzo-Soprano

Program

VIVALDI Sinfonia in C Major, RV 116
VIVALDI "Quell'usignolo" from Farnace, RV 711
VIVALDI "Vorrei dirti il mio dolore" from Rosmira, RV 731
NARDINI Concerto for Violin in A Major, Op. 1, No. 1
VIVALDI "Splender fra'l cieco orror" from Tito Manlio, RV 738
VIVALDI "Alma oppressa" from La fida ninfa, RV 714
VIVALDI Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo from L'estro armonico, Op. 3, No. 8
VIVALDI "E prigioniero e re" from Semiramide, RV 733
VIVALDI "Come in vano il mare irato" from Catone in Utica, RV 705
P.A. LOCATELLI Concerto grosso in E-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 6, "Il pianto d'Arianna"
VIVALDI "Agitata da due venti" from Adelaide, RV 718
When it comes to Vivaldi, Europa Galante and mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux make a fantastic team. They were “exquisite” together in Bajazet (Financial Times), their recording of his arias provided “first-class fireworks” (BBC Music), and now they bring their special, show-stopping zeal for the music of the Red Priest to Zankel Hall.

Listen

Vivaldi "Sin nel placido soggiorno"

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Europa Galante; Vivica Genaux, Mezzo-Soprano; Fabio Biondi, Violin
Virgin Classics

L'Arpeggiata

Via Crucis

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

L'Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
Ensemble Barbara Furtuna
Lucilla Galeazzi, Vocalist
Raquel Andueza, Soprano

Program

TRAD. "Maria, le sette spade"
BIBER "L'Annonciation"
MERULA “Hor ch’è tempo di dormire”
TRAD. "Ninna, Nanna Sopra la Romanesca"
TRAD. "Maria"
FERRARI "Queste pungente spine"
CAZZATI Passacaglia
TRAD. "Suda sangue"
TRAD. "Voi che amate" from Laudario di Cortona
TRAD. "Stabat Mater"
KAPSBERGER Arpeggiata
TRAD. "Santu Giesù"
PANDOLFI MEALLI Sonata for Violin, Op. 4, No. 6, "La Vinciolina"
SANCES "Stabat Mater"
ROCCU MAMBRINI / TONI CASALONGA / NANDO ACQUAVIVA "Lamento di ghjesu"
CAZZATI Ciaccona
MONTEVERDI "Laudate Dominum"

Encore:TRAD. "Maria"
Explore the pervasiveness of spiritual feeling in the Southern European Baroque with L’Arpeggiata and guests, including Ensemble Barbara Fortuna, as they trace the passion story through Corsican folk music, and sacred Italian and German music.

Listen

Sances "Stabat Mater"

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L'Arpeggiata
Virgin Classics

Les Violons du Roy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 2 PM

Performers

Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Neal Davies, Bass-Baritone
Karina Gauvin, Soprano
Damien Guillon, Countertenor
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone

Program

BACH St. John Passion, BWV 245
When Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec settled into Carnegie Hall from la belle province to perform the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December 2009, James Oestreich of The New York Times praised their performances as “endlessly satisfying” and declared their version of Handel’s masterwork to be “the best I’ve heard in years.” They’re back this season with a host of soloists, this time performing Bach’s St. John Passion.

Listen

Bach St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.9 Aria, "Ich folge dir gleichfalls"

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English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor; Ruth Holton, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon