Jonathan Cohen, Artistic Director, Harpsichord, and Organ
Joélle Harvey, Soprano
HANDEL "Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften"
HANDEL "Künft’ger Zeiten eitler Kummer"
HANDEL "Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen"
BACH "Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale" from The Musical Offering
HANDEL "Süsse Stille, sanfter Quelle"
BUXTEHUDE Sonata in A Minor, BuxWV 254
HANDEL "Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden"
HANDEL "Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise"
HANDEL "In der angenehmen Büschen"
BUXTEHUDE Sonata in B-flat Major, BuxWV 255
HANDEL "Süsser Blumen Ambraflocken"
HANDEL "Meine Seele hört im Sehen"
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
At a Glance
The elegant trio sonata texture, in which two higher instruments are grounded by a continuo bass, link all the works on this program of music by three Baroque giants: George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Dieterich Buxtehude. Even the rarely heard set of nine German arias of Handel—his last music in German—are essentially miniature trio sonatas that use the soprano as another high instrument with the violin. Though they were written at the same time as some of his greatest operas—and even borrow materials from them—they are perhaps the most instrumentally conceived of all Handel’s vocal works.
Bach and the earlier Buxtehude are well paired, for Bach deeply admired Buxtehude’s music and made a pilgrimage as a young man to meet him in Lübeck. In Bach’s Sonata sopr’il Soggetto Reale and the two Buxtehude sonatas written a half century earlier, listeners can hear how both composers treated this genre as an opportunity for contrapuntal mastery mixed with playfulness.
Arcangelo’s collective energy and spirit have generated a flood of five-star reviews, sparked audience ovations, and prompted invitations to perform at the world’s leading venues and festivals. Taking the musical world by storm since its creation in 2010, the period ensemble comprises outstanding young musicians under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen. Its ethos is ruled by a determination to apply the deep listening skills and artistry of chamber music making to every piece in its repertoire, from intimate trio sonatas to oratorios.
In its 2018–2019 season, Arcangelo has thrilled audiences and critics with a sold-out performance of Handel’s Theodora at the 2018 BBC Proms. The ensemble also returned to Wigmore Hall with soprano Louise Alder and countertenor Tim Mead for cantatas by Handel and Scarlatti, and with soprano Emőke Baráth, mezzo-soprano Anna Reinhold, and bass Callum Thorpe for Vivaldi’s La senna festeggiante. In addition, Arcangelo recorded early horn concertos with Ursula Paludan Monberg for release on Hyperion this winter; recorded Haydn organ concertos with Iain Quinn for release by Chandos Records in 2020; presented sacred works by Vivaldi and Pergolesi at L’Auditori in Barcelona; and completed an innovative exchange collaboration with Hong Kong period performance society, Die Konzertisten, on Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Forthcoming engagements include a recording with mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, a return to MAfestival Brugge, and a landmark project of two concerts and a studio recording of Handel’s Brockes Passion.
Arcangelo’s decorated discography includes Buxtehude’s VII suonate, Op. 1, on Alpha Classics (Grammy nomination); two Gramophone Award–winning albums with Iestyn Davies on Hyperion; collaborations with violinists Alina Ibragimova and Vilde Frang (ECHO Klassik award); a BBC Music Magazine Award–winning survey of cello concertos by C. P. E. Bach with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt; and a triptych of magnificats by different members of the Bach dynasty, featuring Joélle Harvey as soprano soloist.
Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain’s finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Mr. Cohen is equally at home in such diverse activities as Baroque opera and classical symphonic repertoire. He is artistic director of Arcangelo, music director of Les Violons du Roy, associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants, artistic director of Tetbury Music Festival, and artistic partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Cohen’s 2018–2019 season includes engagements with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy, and debuts with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He also made a return visit to the BBC Proms for a performance of Theodora with Arcangelo. Since he founded the ensemble in 2010, Mr. Cohen has led Arcangelo in imaginative vocal and instrumental projects, collaborating with some of the finest soloists in highly acclaimed recordings and performances.
A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey has established herself throughout the last decade as a noted interpreter of a broad range of repertoire, specializing in Handel, Mozart, and new music. She won The Gerda Lissner Foundation’s 2011 Lieder/Song Vocal Competition, and has received a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and a
George London Foundation Encouragement Award.
The works of Gustav Mahler figure substantially in Ms. Harvey’s 2018–2019 season. She returns to The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, performing the work in Cleveland and on tour. She also performs the work for her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena. With the San Diego Symphony, she reunites with conductor Edo de Waart for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 on a program that also features Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 will be the vehicle for her return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Ms. Harvey tours to several US cities. The season also includes appearances with the New York Philharmonic (Mozart’s Requiem), Utah Symphony (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Bach’s St. John Passion), North Carolina Symphony (Mozart’s Mass in C Minor), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Bruckner’s Te Deum), Music of the Baroque (Bach’s “Coffee” Cantata), and the Handel and Haydn Society (Mozart’s Requiem).