Hearing the music of Bach and Handel performed with historically informed style and instruments led to an explosion in popularity of their music in recent times. Now, after several generations of performers honing these skills, their same approach is dazzling audiences with music written before 1685—the birth year of both Bach and Handel.This season, Carnegie Hall brings together an impressive assemblage of these artists for Before Bach, a month-long focus on the exciting music of that time. Whether it is the divine purity and amusing bawdiness of Renaissance madrigals or the dramatic urgency of early Baroque opera, the music speaks to modern listeners who love great music and relish the joy of discovery.
Great vocal ensembles from around the world present masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque as part of the Before Bach focus. Pomerium sings spiritually and dramatically charged works written for the Tudor queens of England, while the internationally lauded Tallis Scholars perform music by Renaissance giants Josquin des Prez and William Byrd. The spirited ensemble I Fagiolini serves a spicy meal of French, Italian, Spanish, and German madrigals and songs that span the Renaissance to the early Baroque. 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.