Carnegie Hall Presents

Baroque Unlimited

New York City’s premiere Baroque music series continues to present the greatest musicians in the field. The development of the Baroque orchestra is explored in a program that features Jordi Savall directing Le Concert des Nations, while concerts by the Academy of Ancient Music performing Bach’s orchestral suites and the Venice Baroque Orchestra in an all-Vivaldi program present the Baroque orchestra at its zenith. The Baroque also gave birth to opera, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas being one of the most moving examples. Les Violons du Roy perform Purcell’s masterpiece and other works by the English master.
November 7, 2014
Academy of Ancient Music
March 11, 2015
Venice Baroque Orchestra
April 12, 2015
Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
April 16, 2015
Le Concert des Nations

Academy of Ancient Music

Zankel Hall
Friday, November 7, 2014 | 7:30 PM


Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr, Director and Harpsichord


Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
In his four orchestral suites, Bach revealed the expressive potential of the Baroque orchestra and created the finest purely instrumental music of his day. It’s music that is festive (the First Suite’s exuberant bourrées), elegant (the stately menuets of the Fourth Suite), tender (the famous Air from the Third Suite), and virtuosic (the Second Suite’s Badinerie). The Academy of Ancient Music, lauded by The Times (London) for its “spunky, beautifully polished performances,” is led by director Richard Egarr.


Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (Air)

Academy of Ancient Music

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Venice Baroque Orchestra
Avi Avital, Mandolin


VIVALDI Concerto in C Major for Strings and Continuo, RV 114
VIVALDI Concerto in D Minor for Strings and Continuo, RV 127
VIVALDI Concerto in D Major for Lute, Strings, and Continuo, RV 93
MARCELLO Concerto in G Major for Strings and Continuo
VIVALDI Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins, Strings, and Continuo, RV 532 (arr. for mandolin and recorder by Avi Avital)
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D Minor (after Corelli's Violin Sonata Op. 5, No. 12, "Folia")
VIVALDI Concerto in C Major for Mandolin, Strings, and Continuo, RV 425
PAISIELLO Concerto in E-flat Major for Mandolin and Strings
VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Continuo, "L'estate" ("Summer"), RV 315

TRAD. (Bulgarian) "Bucimiš"
VIVALDI Largo from Concerto in C Major for Flautino, Strings, and Continuo, RV 443
The exuberant virtuosity of Italian Baroque music is showcased in this program with mandolin star Avi Avital and the scintillating Venice Baroque Orchestra. Vivaldi’s brilliant string writing is the heart of his energetic sinfonias and beloved “Summer” from The Four Seasons. The Venetian master also wrote dazzling music for other instruments, including lute, recorder, and mandolin. These works and melodic delights by Marcello, Geminiani, and Paisiello are also featured.


Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings and Continuo in G minor, R. 152 (Allegro molto)

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon

Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 2 PM


Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Richard Egarr, Conductor
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano (Dido)
Henk Neven, Baritone (Aeneas)
Hélène Guilmette, Soprano (Belinda)
Stefanie True, Soprano (Second Woman)
Vicki St. Pierre, Mezzo-Soprano (Sorceress)
Lesley Emma Bouza, Soprano (First Witch)
Sheila Dietrich, Soprano (Second Witch)
Daniel Cabena, Countertenor (Spirit)
Bud Roach, Tenor (Sailor)
Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Tenor
Stephen Hegedus, Bass-Baritone


from The Fairy Queen
·· Air
·· Rondeau
·· Scene of the Drunken Poet
·· Air (instrumental)
·· Prelude to "If Love's a Sweet Passion"
from King Arthur
·· Hornpipe
·· "How happy the lover"
from The Fairy Queen
·· Dance for the Fairies
·· Monkeys' Dance
·· "O let me weep"
·· Prelude
·· Chaconne
Dido and Aeneas
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas tells the tragic story of the Queen of Carthage and her love for the flawed Trojan hero. Purcell spices the tale with a chorus of witches and a lively sailors’ hornpipe. Dido’s lament, “When I am laid in earth,” is the heart-wrenching climax of the opera and one of the most famous vocal works of all time.


"When I am laid in earth" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Tatiana Troyanos, Mezzo-Soprano | English Chamber Orchestra | Sir Charles Mackerras, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Le Concert des Nations

Zankel Hall
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall, Director


ANON. Concert donné a Louis XIII en 1627 (selected by André Danican Philidor)
·· Les ombres
·· Air pour les mesmes
·· Les nimphes de la grenouillere
·· Les bergers
·· Les Amériquains
SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert a deux violes égales
LULLY Selections from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
·· Marche pour la cérémonie des turcs
·· Premier air des Espagnols
·· Deuxième air des Espagnols
·· Gavotte
·· Canaries
·· Chaconne des scaramouches
COUPERIN Prelude from Deuxième concert royal
COUPERIN Muzette from Troisième concert royal
COUPERIN "Chaconne légère" from Troisième concert royal
MARAIS Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris
RAMEAU Pièces de clavecin en concert, Cinquième concert
FORQUERAY "La du vaucel"
FORQUERAY "La Leclair"
LECLAIR Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 8

ANON. "Bourée d'avignonez"
The colorful instrumental ensemble of diverse instruments that was developed in 17th-century France became the standard of the Baroque world. This concert features music by the giants of the French Baroque, from Marin Marais—the 17th century composer whose life story was the subject of Tous les matins du monde, the film for which Jordi Savall provided the soundtrack that propelled him to international celebrity—to18th-century instrumental innovators like François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Marie Leclair.


Lully's "Marche pour la Cérémonie Turque"

Le Concert Des Nations | Jordi Savall, Director
Alia Vox