Carnegie Hall Presents

Early Music in Weill Recital Hall

Experience the joy of discovery as a rich world of vibrant music from the Renaissance to the Baroque is presented by the world’s finest musicians. The London Handel Players perform Handel’s chamber music and hit tunes from his operas and oratorios arranged for small ensemble. There’s more Handel and some Bach when Richard Egarr, one of today’s great harpsichordists, plays masterpieces by these two Baroque giants. The beauties of Elizabethan and early-Baroque English songs are presented by tenor Nicholas Phan in a recital where he displays his polished vocals and expressive intensity. Join us after each of the concerts on this series for Salon Encores, a salon-style reception where you can enjoy drinks and merriment with fellow audience members and occasionally the evening’s artists.

London Handel Players

Richard Egarr

Nicholas Phan

London Handel Players

Weill Recital Hall
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

London Handel Players
·· Rachel Brown, Flute
·· Adrian Butterfield, Violin
·· Laurence Cummings, Harpsichord

Program

HANDEL Trio Sonata in A Major, HWV 396
HANDEL Violin Sonata in D Major, HWV 371
HANDEL Opera Arias (arr. John Walsh)
·· "O sleep, why dost thou leave me?" from Semele
·· "No, no! I'll take no less" from Semele
·· "Tornami a vagheggiar" from Alcina
HANDEL Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367b
HANDEL Harpsichord Suite in E Major, HWV 430
HANDEL Trio Sonata in F Major, HWV 389

Encore:HANDEL "Verdi prati" from Alcina
Handel’s chamber music is featured alongside delightful arrangements for flute and strings of favorite passages from his stage works. Handel’s publisher recognized a demand for play-at-home instrumental versions of hit tunes from the composer’s operas and oratorios, so he arranged some of the most popular music. These arrangements, as well as versions by London Handel Players’ flutist Rachel Brown, anchor this spirited look at 18th-century music making.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

"No, no! I'll take no less" from Handel's Semele


Rachel Brown, Flute | London Handel Players
Somm

Richard Egarr

Weill Recital Hall
Monday, February 9, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Richard Egarr, Harpsichord

Program

BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major
BACH Partita No. 6 in E Minor
BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major
HANDEL Suite No. 3 in D Minor

Encore:HANDEL Praeludium from Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430
Both Bach and Handel—two Baroque giants—were virtuosos and master improvisers, but Handel’s keyboard music has been eclipsed by his other works. In his E-Minor Suite, Handel spins tightly intertwined melodic lines before releasing a storm of notes in an energetic closing Gigue. Bach’s partitas and French suites have been touchstones for keyboardists for centuries. While they follow the conventions of the Baroque dance suite, he raised this form to its highest level with brilliant flights of invention and inspired melodies.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G (Gavotte)


Richard Egarr, Harpsichord
EMI

Nicholas Phan

Weill Recital Hall
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Ann Marie Morgan, Viola da Gamba
Michael Leopold, Lute and Theorbo

Program

Introduction
MORLEY "A painted tale"

The Tale
PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"ANON. "Have you seen but a white lily grow?"
BLOW "Fairest work of happy Nature"
BLOW "The Self-Banish'd"
LANIER "Fire, lo here I burn"
BLOW "O turn not those fine eyes away"
PURCELL "Sweeter than Roses" from Pausanias
PURCELL "She loves and she confesses too"
LANIER "No more shall meads"
DOWLAND "My thoughts are winged with hopes"
BLOW "Of all the torments"
DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs"
PURCELL "Not all my torments can your pity move"
A. FERRABOSCO "So, so leave off this last lamenting kiss"
DOWLAND "In darkness let me dwell"
DOWLAND "Now, O now, I needs must part"
DOWLAND "Come, heavy Sleep"
LANIER "Stay, Silly Heart, and do not break"
PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veil'd his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground)
A story of love gained and then lost is told through the beauty of early English song. Songs by Purcell, Dowland, Lanier, Campion, Blow, Morley, and others form a pastiche song cycle that’s rich with poetry and great beauty.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

"The Last Rose of Summer"


Nicholas Phan, Tenor | Myra Huang, Piano
Nicholas Phan