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Friday, May 10, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Jonathan Cohen by Marco Borggreve, Joélle Harvey by Arielle Doneson
Since its formation in 2010, Arcangelo has risen to the top ranks of period instrument ensembles. For this program, Arcangelo performs instrumental works by Bach and Buxtehude, as well as Handel’s rarely heard Nine German Arias. Handel wrote little in his native German, but his friend the poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes—with whom he shared religious beliefs—wrote sacred texts that the composer set to some of his most luscious melodies. While the arias are vocally splendid and have much of the expressive power of Handel’s operas, they also boast many beautiful passages for solo instruments.

Part of: Baroque Unlimited


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"

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Join us immediately after this concert at Zankel Hall’s Parterre Bar for a 45-minute mix and mingle.
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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.

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