Performance Monday, November 18, 2013 | 7:30 PM


Zankel Hall
One of the world's freshest period-music ensembles, Arcangelo brings together exceptional musicians who display a passion for faithful interpretation that goes far beyond historical understanding. The group brings its dazzling technical ability to a program of works by J. S. Bach and J. C. Bach, as well as Handel’s mythological tale of unrequited love Apollo e Dafne, one of his most ambitious cantatas that set the stage for the brilliant operatic career that followed in the next 30 years of his life.


  • Arcangelo
  • Jonathan Cohen, Conductor and Harpsichord
  • Alina Ibragimova, Violin
  • Katherine Watson, Soprano
  • Nikolay Borchev, Baritone


  • J. S. BACH Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041
  • J. CHRISTOPH BACH "Mein Freund ist mein" from Cantata: Meine Freundin, du bist schön
  • HANDEL Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10
  • HANDEL Apollo e Dafne

  • Encore:
  • HANDEL Allegro Moderato from Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Arcangelo

    Since its founding in 2010 by English cellist and conductor Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo has surged to international prominence with thrilling performances of everything from Bach and Handel to Gluck and Grétry. The ensemble is guided by a determination to treat works of all periods and sizes with the full attention and intensity demanded by chamber music, an approach that has attracted many fine solo recitalists and chamber musicians to its ranks.

    The ensemble has received many invitations to appear at major festivals and concert halls in Europe and America, including London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Munich's Prinzregententheater, Philharmonie Essen, Philharmonie Berlin, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Festival of Flanders, Aldeburgh Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival. It has a growing discography of critically acclaimed recordings with Hyperion, Deutsche Grammophon, and Berlin Classics. It received a coveted Gramophone Award in 2012 for Arias for Guadagni with Iestyn Davies and was nominated again this year for Handel's Finest Arias for Base Voice with Christopher Purves.

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  • Jonathan Cohen

    Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain's finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career with notable success as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. He is well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, which he expands to diverse activities such as Baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is artistic director of Arcangelo and associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants.

    Recent conducting highlights have included appearances at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals with Arcangelo, and Lucerne Festival with the Mahler Chamber Soloists; performances of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at English National Opera; and a tour of Asia with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

    This season, Mr. Cohen returns to the Glyndebourne Tour to conduct Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He makes debuts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck. He also begins his tenure as artistic director of the Tetbury Music Festival.

    Mr. Cohen enjoys a close relationship with Les Arts Florissants; for its 30th anniversary season, he collaborated with William Christie to conduct performances of Dido and Aeneas (De Nederlandse Opera) and Purcell's The Fairy Queen (Paris's Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy of Music). His recent performances with Les Arts Florissants have included a double-bill of music by Charpentier and John Blow in Paris and Versailles staged by Bruno Ravella. This summer, he conducted Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at Glyndebourne Festival.

    In coming seasons, Mr. Cohen intends to focus his energies on developing Arcangelo, while enjoying his collaboration with Les Arts Florissants and his rapidly expanding guest conducting career.

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  • Alina Ibragimova

    Performing music from the Baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has appeared with many orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mariinsky Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hallé Orchestra, and all of the BBC orchestras. Conductors with whom Ms. Ibragimova has worked include Sir Charles Mackerras, Valery Gergiev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, and Richard Hickox.

    Upcoming concerto performances include collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Schumann), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Hannu Lintu (Berg), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner (Berg), WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln with Ilan Volkov (Berg), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Mendelssohn), Seattle Symphony with Jakub Hrůša (Beethoven), The Cleveland Orchestra with Juanjo Mena (Prokofiev), Hallé Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder (Mendelssohn), and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders with Philippe Herreweghe (Mendelssohn), as well as a tour in Australia and New Zealand with Sibelius's Violin Concerto.

    As soloist-conductor, Ms. Ibragimova has toured with Kremerata Baltica, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

    With regular recital partner Cédric Tiberghien and in solo and chamber music, Ms. Ibragimova has appeared at venues that include London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Salzburg's Mozarteum, Vienna's Musikverein, Brussels's Palais des Beaux-Arts, and Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, as well as at the Salzburg, Verbier, Manchester, and Aldeburgh festivals. Upcoming recital highlights include a complete Beethoven violin sonata cycle in Japan and return visits to Wigmore Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

    Born in Russia in 1985, Ms. Ibragimova studied at Moscow's Gnessin State Musical College before moving with her family to the UK in 1995, where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music and was a member of the Kronberg Academy master's program.

    Ms. Ibragimova has been the recipient of many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2010 and a Classic BRIT Award, in addition to being a member of the BBC New Generation Artists from 2005 to 2007 and was recognized by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Ms. Ibragimova records for Hyperion Records and performs on a ca. 1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

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  • Katherine Watson

    Following graduation from Cambridge University, where she studied Anglo-Saxon history and literature, Katherine Watson won a place at Le Jardin des Voix and subsequently appeared with Les Arts Florissants in London, New York, Madrid, and Paris. She has an extensive concert career and sings regularly under the batons of William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Stephen Layton, and Jonathan Cohen throughout Europe. She is the recipient of the Glyndebourne 2012 John Christie Award.

    Recent engagements have included performances as Diana in Actéon (Brooklyn Academy of Music); in Médée (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra de Lille); Cassandra in Didone (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Caen); Iphis in Jephtha (Salle Pleyel, Palais des Beaux Arts, Theater an der Wien, and in Moscow); Virtue and Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Teatro Real); and Diane in Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne).

    Forthcoming engagements include the title role in Theodora (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées); Apollo e Dafne with The English Concert and Harry Bicket and with Music of the Baroque in Chicago; at Festspiele Baden-Baden; in Handel's Messiah (Bilbao and Seville); and with the Hallé Orchestra. Ms. Watson will also sing in a BBC Radio 3 production of Mozart's Requiem at St. John's, Smith Square.

    Ms. Watson's recordings for Hyperion include Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with Trinity College Choir and Stephen Layton, Brahms's Sechs Lieder und Romanzen with Consortium, and Monteverdi madrigals with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.

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  • Nikolay Borchev

    Young Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since the 2012-2013 season. Before that, he spent eight years with the Bavarian State Opera, where he sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Prosdocimo in Il turco in Italia, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Barbier in Die schweigsame Frau, among others.

    He has worked with directors Richard Jones, Peter Mussbach, Christof Loy, Andreas Homoki, David Alden, Robert Carsen, Kasper Holten, Deborah Warner, and Mariame Clément, and sings a large repertoire that reaches from the Baroque period through the classics and up to contemporary music.

    Mr. Borchev's guest engagements have taken him to Brussels (Moritz in Spring Awakening, Ulisse in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Papageno, and Dandini); Basel (Orfeo, Lurcanio in Ariodante, and Jeletzky in Pique Dame); Leipzig (Marcello in La bohème); Hamburg State Opera (Figaro); Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Orfeo and Guglielmo); Deutsche Oper Berlin (Figaro); Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Guglielmo); Frankfurt (Dandini and Spielmann in Königskinder); and Theater an der Wien (Harlekin and Claudio in Béatrice et Bénédict).

    Mr. Borchev is a regular guest at many international festivals and concert venues, including Schwetzingen Festival, Festspiele Baden-Baden, Salzburg Pfingstfest, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Kunstfest Weimar, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertíada a Vilabertran, and Ruhrtriennale.

    He has performed with prestigious orchestras and conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Friedrich Haider, Helmuth Rilling, Marek Janowski, Andreas Spering, Frédéric Chaslin, Christoph Poppen, Fabio Armiliato, Sir Colin Davis, Christian Thielemann, William Christie, Thomas Hengelbrock, Andrea Marcon, Karel Mark Chichon, and René Jacobs.

    Born in Pinsk, Belarus, Mr. Borchev began his musical education at the age of 16 at the Moscow Conservatory with teachers Maria Aria and Pavel Lisitsian. He continued his studies in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" with Heinz Reeh, Júlia Várady, and Wolfram Rieger, and has won several prizes at international vocal competitions.

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Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Jonathan Cohen, Conductor and Artistic Director of Arcangelo in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

At a Glance

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041

Bach's music for solo violin, both unaccompanied and in ensemble, attests to his proficiency on string instruments as well as keyboard. Although he wrote numerous violin concertos, only three have survived. Like its companions in E major and D minor (for two solo violins), the A-Minor Concerto is scored for an orchestra of strings alone.

JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH  "Mein Freund ist mein" from Cantata: Meine Freundin, du bist schön

J. S. Bach spent his early years in the city where his father's cousin—Johann Christoph Bach—was a prominent member of the court musical establishment. J. C. Bach left a small but choice body of works for keyboard and voice, including the concerto-like Meine Freundin, du bist schön (which the composer called a "wedding dialogue") from which this richly expressive soprano aria is taken. It is cast in the form of a chaconne with 66 variations.

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL  Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10

The dazzling variety and exalted invention of Handel's 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, made them as popular in his time as they are in ours. The inherent drama of the concerto grosso form, in which two groups of instruments are pitted against each other, surely appealed to the veteran composer of operas and oratorios. In the D-Minor Concerto, two violins make up the solo concertino group, in contrast to the larger ripieno ensemble of strings and continuo.


This intimate Italian cantata is based on the myth of the nymph Daphne that Ovid relates in the Metamorphoses.  Handel wrote it for the Hanoverian court in his native Germany at the outset of his career as the most celebrated opera composer in Europe. The delightful score shows his budding genius for melody, dramatic characterization, and scene painting.

Program Notes
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