Performance Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Jory Vinikour

Weill Recital Hall
The expressive power and versatility of the harpsichord is highlighted when Grammy Award–nominee Jory Vinikour performs jaunty dances from Renaissance England, Domenico Scarlatti’s innovative sonatas, elegant suites by Louis Couperin and Rameau, and Bach’s Partita No. 3. Bach raised the partita form to a higher level in his set of six, particularly with the stately and idiosyncratic dances, melodic invention, and intricate keyboard writing in his Partita No. 3.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord


  • BULL Lord Lumley's Pavan and Galliard
  • BULL The King's Hunt
  • BACH Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 535
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 534
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 120
  • D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 119
  • L. COUPERIN Suite in C Major
  • RAMEAU Suite in A Minor from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin

  • Encores:
  • RAMEAU JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU Tambourin from Suite in E Minor, from Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode pour la méchanique des doigts
  • RAMEAU Overture from Pigmalion (arr. Balbastre)
  • COUPERIN "Les barricades mystérieuses" from Sixième ordre, Second Livre de pièces de clavecin

Event Duration

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


  • Jory Vinikour

    Two-time Grammy Award-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. A highly diversified career brings him to the world's most important festivals and concert halls as a recital and concerto soloist, and he partners with many of today's finest artists.

    Born in Chicago, Mr. Vinikour studied in Paris with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert on a Fulbright Scholarship. Winning first prize at the International Harpsichord Competition of Warsaw in 1993 and the Prague Spring International Music Festival in 1994 brought Mr. Vinikour to the public's attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series around the world.

    With repertoire ranging from Bach and Poulenc to Michael Nyman, Mr. Vinikour has performed as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has performed with conductors who include Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolitch, and Constantine Orbelian.

    Mr. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist at the finest opera houses and festivals in Europe, including the Paris Opera, Dutch National Opera, Salzburg Festival, Madrid's Teatro Real, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and Glyndebourne, and can be heard on many recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato Records, and Sony Classics. Under Yannick Nézét-Séguin's direction, Mr. Vinikour appears as fortepianist in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Le nozze di Figaro, scheduled for release in the coming year.

    Mr. Vinikour's debut recording for Sono Luminus, the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013 in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo, an honor also accorded to his album Toccatas: Modern American Music for Harpsichord in 2015.

    Mr. Vinikour has appeared as conductor and soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, MusicAeterna, Juillard415, and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Vinikour is co-founder and artistic director of Great Lakes Baroque in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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RAMEAU Suite in A Minor from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin (Courante)
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord
Sono Luminus

At a Glance

JOHN BULL  "Lord Lumley’s Pavan and Galliard"; "The King’s Hunt"

One of Europe’s most famed keyboard virtuosos, John Bull was known for his innovative keyboard technique and for pushing the boundaries of the harpsichord. On this evening’s program, we hear Bull’s moving tribute to John Lumley, First Baron Lumley, in a poetic pavan and galliard. "The King’s Hunt," perhaps Bull’s most celebrated work, is a tour-de-force theme and variations, vividly portraying hunting horns and the chase.

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827

Bach’s set of six partitas for harpsichord is considered by many to be the summit of all keyboard suites. The Third Partita begins with a contemplative Fantasia and closes with an angular and fugal Gigue. In between we hear one of Bach’s most beautiful Allemandes, a virtuoso Corrente, a courtly Sarabande, and even a Burlesca and a Scherzo.

DOMENICO SCARLATTI  Sonata in D Major, K. 535; Sonata in D Major, K. 534; Sonata in D Minor, K. 120; Sonata in D Major, K. 119

Scarlatti’s genius was perfectly expressed in his 555 sonatas for harpsichord. Most of these were composed for his talented royal student, Princess Maria Barbara of Spain. Flying arpeggios dominate the Sonata in D Major, K. 535. The sweetly expressive K. 534 Sonata is a perfect counterpart, and K. 119 and K. 120 are among Scarlatti’s most explosively virtuosic creations. Wild hand-crossings and daring dissonances are the order of the day.

LOUIS COUPERIN  Suite in C Major

Perhaps overshadowed by his more famous nephew, Louis Couperin is nonetheless one of the most important keyboard composers of his time. His lyric and harmonic genius is at the fore in this Suite in C Major, which ends with his majestic Passacaille in C Major.

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU  Suite in A Minor from Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin

Rameau is one of the titans of the Baroque period. A famed and controversial theorist, he revolutionized orchestration in his operas. The Suite in A Minor for harpsichord is the apotheosis of French harpsichord composition, ending with the famed Gavotte with six variations.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.