Carnegie Hall Presents

Baroque Unlimited

This series of exemplary ensembles and soloists shows us just how passionate, fiery, and virtuosic Baroque music can be. From the exuberant energy of Vivaldi concertos to a complete concert performance of a Handel opera with an all-star cast, Baroque Unlimited will leave you breathless.


Les Violons du Roy

Venice Baroque Orchestra

The English Concert

Ensemble Matheus

Les Violons du Roy

Zankel Hall
Monday, October 22, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
Emmanuel Pahud

Program

FRANZ BENDA Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major
FREDERICK II Concerto for Flute in C Major
QUANTZ Concerto for Flute in G Major
BACH Ricercar a 6 from A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
C. P. E. BACH String Symphony No. 5 in B Minor, Wq. 182
C. P. E. BACH Concerto for Flute in A Major, Wq. 168

Encore:BACH "Badinerie" from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
Music fit for a king! It's a little-known fact that Frederick the Great of Prussia was an enthusiastic amateur flutist and composer. Emmanuel Pahud and the exhilarating Les Violons du Roy perform music by an 18th-century enlightened despot, as well as his more musically illustrious counterparts, including J. S. Bach and his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Andrea Marcon, Director

Program

VIVALDI La Senna festeggiante, RV 693
VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Flute, Strings, and Continuo, RV 439, "La notte"
VIVALDI Concerto in F Major for Bassoon, Strings, and Continuo, RV 488
VIVALDI Concerto in C Major for Flautino, Strings, and Continuo, RV 443
VERACINI Overture in G Minor
PORPORA Concerto in G Major for Cello and Strings
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D Minor (after Corelli's Violin Sonata Op. 5, No. 12, "Folia")

Encores:VIVALDI Allegro from Concerto in D Major for Violin, RV 212, “Fatto per la Solennità della San Lingua di San Antonio in Padua, 1712”
TELEMANN Presto from Concerto for Flute and Recorder in E Minor, TWV 52: e1
Andrea Marcon is a man on a mission: He wants to bring all the freshness and flash that made Vivaldi’s concertos so groundbreaking in their day to his own performances with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. “(They are) really like Beethoven’s solo concertos,” he told NPR Music, “where the soloist plays such a dominant role. This was not the case before Vivaldi.” You’ll hear some of these works on this program, along with music by Albinoni and Geminiani.

Listen

Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings and Continuo in D, R.121, 1. Allegro molto

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Venice Baroque Orchestra
Archiv Produktion

The English Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 2 PM

Performers

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Conductor
David Daniels, Countertenor (Radamisto)
Brenda Rae, Soprano (Polissena)
Joélle Harvey, Soprano (Tigrane)
Patricia Bardon, Mezzo-Soprano (Zenobia)
Luca Pisaroni, Bass-Baritone (Tiridate)
David Kravitz, Baritone (Farasmane)

Program

HANDEL Radamisto (concert performance)
David Daniels triumphs as Radamisto,” declared Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times after hearing the countertenor at the Santa Fe Opera; Luca Pisaroni, as the volatile antagonist, was positively “charismatic.” Daniels and Pisaroni both reprise their roles here at Carnegie Hall, joined by The English Concert under Harry Bicket, in a concert performance of Handel’s opera of lust, revenge, and the power of virtue.

Ensemble Matheus

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Director and Violin
Veronica Cangemi, Soprano
Laurence Paugam, Violin
Claire-Lise Démettre, Cello
Jérôme Pernoo, Cello

Program

HANDEL Overture to Serse
HANDEL "Frondi tenere" from Serse
HANDEL "Ombra mai fù" from Serse
VIVALDI "Gelosia" from Ottone in Villa
VIVALDI Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Cello, Strings, and Continuo from L'estro armonico, Op. 3, No. 11
VIVALDI "Zeffiretti che sussurate" from Ercole su’l Termodonte
VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Strings, and Continuo, RV 531
VIVALDI "Se mai senti" from Catone in Utica
PORPORA Concerto in G Major for Cello
VIVALDI "Siam navi all'onde algenti" from L’Olimpiade

Encore:VIVALDI "Agitata da due venti" from Griselda, RV 718
Together with its powerful leader, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus performs the Baroque repertoire it specializes in with white-hot energy. The ensemble is, as Stephen Brookes of The Washington Post put it, “aggressive, vibrant, and focused to an absolutely electrifying pitch.”

Listen

Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings & Continuo in A Major, RV 159, Allegro

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Ensemble Matheus
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