Carnegie Hall Presents

Early Music in Weill Recital Hall

The intimate Weill Recital Hall is the perfect setting for this series of vibrant recitals of Baroque and Renaissance gems. Several of the brightest stars in the field today create their own inventive interpretations in these historically informed performances, illuminating the works in a completely new light for audiences. After each concert, stay for a Salon Encores reception and get together with the evening's musicians and people who love music as much as you do.

Carolyn Sampson

Fabio Biondi
Kenneth Weiss

Iestyn Davies
Thomas Dunford

Carolyn Sampson

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
New York Recital Debut
Beiliang Zhu, Viola da Gamba
Paul O'Dette, Archlute
Kenneth Weiss, Harpsichord

Program

PURCELL "Thou wakeful shepherd" (A morning hymn) from Harmonia sacra
PURCELL "Music for a while" from Oedipus
PURCELL "Sweeter than roses" from Pausanias, the Betrayer of His Country
ANON. "The Duke of Norfolk," or "Paul's Steeple"
PURCELL "Thrice happy lovers" from The Fairy Queen
PURCELL "Oh! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes"
PURCELL "I attempt from love’s sickness to fly" from The Indian Queen
BYRD Third Pavan and Galliard in A Minor from Lady Nevell's Book
PURCELL "From rosy bow'rs" from The Comical History of Don Quixote
PURCELL "Let us dance, let us sing" from The History of Diocletian
PURCELL "Man is for the woman made" from The Mock Marriage
PURCELL "If music be the food of love"
PURCELL "The fatal hour comes on apace"
SIMPSON Division on a Ground in E Minor
PURCELL "From silent shades, and the Elysian groves" (Bess of Bedlam)
PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"
BANISTER Division on a Ground
PURCELL "Hark! The ech’ing air" from The Fairy Queen
PURCELL "When first Amintas sued for a kiss"
PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (An evening hymn) from Harmonia sacra

Encore:PURCELL "When first Amintas sued for a kiss"
Hailed as “the best British early-music soprano by quite some distance” (Gramophone), Carolyn Sampson comes to Carnegie Hall to perform a recital of delightful art songs and arias by influential British composer Henry Purcell. Hear for yourself why “she tops virtually every Baroque conductor's wish list of soloists” (The Independent, London).

This concert is part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Purcell's "If music be the food of love"

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Carolyn Sampson, Soprano | Laurence Cummings, Harpsichord | Anne-Marie Lasla, Bass Viol
BIS

Fabio Biondi
Kenneth Weiss

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Fabio Biondi, Violin
Kenneth Weiss, Harpsichord

Program

BACH Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021
BACH Violin Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019
BACH Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017
BACH Italian Concerto, BWV 971
P.A. LOCATELLI Sonata in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 12

Encore:BACH Cantabile, ma non poco Adagio from Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1019a
When violinist Fabio Biondi and his period-instrument ensemble Europa Galante last appeared at Carnegie Hall, they were heralded by The New York Times for playing “with the precision and zestiness necessary to make the music of Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries sizzle as it must have done in their day.” The early-music specialist returns, this time in a solo recital, for what will undoubtedly be a remarkable rethinking of Baroque music with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Bach's Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052R (Allegro)

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Europa Galante | Fabio Biondi, Conductor and Violin
Virgin Veritas

Iestyn Davies
Thomas Dunford

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Thomas Dunford, Lute

Program

JOHNSON "Have you seen the bright lily grow?"
JOHNSON "Care–charming sleep"
JOHNSON "From the Famous Peak of Derby"
DOWLAND "Semper Dowland semper dolens"
DANYEL "Mrs. M. E. Her funeral tears for the death of her husband"
DANYEL "Why canst thou not, as others do?"
DANYEL "Can doleful notes?"
DOWLAND "Mrs Winter's Jump"
CAMPION "Never weather - Beaten sail"
NICO MUHLY Old Bones (NY Premiere)
DOWLAND "Lachrimae"
DOWLAND "Come again, sweet love doth now invite"
DOWLAND "In darkness let me dwell"
DOWLAND "The King of Denmark's Galliard"
DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs"
DOWLAND "Flow, my tears, fall from your springs"
DOWLAND "Now, O now, I needs must part" (including "The Frog Galliard")

Encores:CAMPION "I care not for these ladies"
ERIC CLAPTON "Tears in Heaven"
MORLEY "Will You Buy a Fine Dog”
When British countertenor Iestyn Davies made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011, he was hailed as “one of the most memorable presences on the scene right now.” He sang with “a passionate sensuality fully contained within the rigorous constraints of Baroque form” and has “the potential to be one of the truly special artists of his generation” (The New York Times). Hear the inspired development of this emerging artist and early-music expert when he returns to the Carnegie Hall recital stage.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.