Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord and Organ: "Alard Plays Bach"
Join us in the glorious acoustic of All Souls’ Church for performances on both organ and harpsichord by a rising star in baroque music. Benjamin Alard is a French organist and harpsichordist who won the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition in 2004 at age nineteen. His studies include harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2005 he was named titular organist of St. Louis-en-l’Île, Paris, where he plays the stunning new Aubertin baroque organ. Benjamin Alard’s program will include works by Bach, including early works and a French Suite for harpsichord, and an assortment of organ works including a trio sonata and chorale preludes performed on All Souls’ superb Fritts-Richards tracker action organ. (Note: general admission, no assigned seating.)
A new star is born at the Musical Antiqua competition of Bruges; the whole presentation was fabulous, full of inspiration, authority, mastership and seductiveness. – Martine Mergeay, La Libre Belgique
Alard shows a stimulating curiosity and an infallible technique. A talent to follow closely. – Roger Tellart, La Lettre du Musicien
ARTEK and Les Sacqueboutiers Gwendolyn Toth, director:
“The Missing Link – A Celebration of Johan Rosenmüller"
Between Monteverdi and Bach lies an entire repertoire of glorious sacred music. Johan Rosenmüller (1619-1684) was equally a genius, and was one of the most important links between the early and later baroque styles. ARTEK, Les Sacqueboutiers, and violinist Enrico Gatti feature several of Rosenmüller’s outstanding solo cantatas for alto or soprano, along with virtuoso instrumental music by Biber, Schmelzer, and Weckmann. This concert is a celebration of the flowering ofGerman baroque music in the second half of the 17th century.
...the performances, under the direction of Gwendolyn Toth, had a youthful flair, even a certain sensuality, that stood out in a season of routine ritual. – Alex Ross, New York Times
The Fifth Book of Madrigals, as performed by the outstanding musicians of ARTEK, is a stunning vindication
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Le Poème Harmonique: "Venezia dalle calli ai Palazzi"
Enter a candle-lit realm of enchanted music and motion as Le Poème Harmonique makes their San Diego debut. Their program is a celebration of Venice in the Golden Age of the Baroque, when art music and popular forms came together and mingled. From the madrigals of Monteverdi to the unjustly neglected music of Francesco Manelli, Le Poème Harmonique weaves a magical atmosphere, both auditory and visual. Starting as a regular concert, Venezia dalle calli ai Palazzi develops into a world apart, thanks to the stage direction of Benjamin Lazar, who has worked with the singers to recreate authentic baroque expressive gesture in performance.
La Poème Harmonique [is] a France-based early-music group that I would get on an airplane to hear. – David Patrick Stearns, artsJournalblog
Vincent Dumestre [is] undoubtedly one of the most interesting interpreters of Baroque music. – C. Huss, Le Devoir, Canada
Fretwork with Elizabeth Kenny, Lute: "Pleasant are the Teares which Musicke weeps”
This concert celebrates the 450th birthday of John Dowland, the finest lutenist of his age, and one of England’s greatest renaissance composers. In 1604 he published Lachrimae, a collection of music for viols and lute, which includes a “transcendental journey” based on his most famous song, “Flow my teares,” as well as a series of remarkable galliards, allemandes, and pavanes. Fretwork is one of the world’s premiere violconsorts, and returns to San Diego with equally noted lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.
The viol group Fretwork remain supreme interpreters of Dowland...
– Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
No group play the viol repertoire with more flair and feeling than
Fretwork. – Geoff Brown, The Times
The brilliant Kenny … played with remarkable clarity.
– Early Music Today
Aaron Sheehan, tenor and Musica Pacifica: "Sweet Accents: In Praise of Harmony"
Aaron Sheehan is among the top-ranked tenors specializing in baroque music today. He has performed with ensembles from the Boston Early Music Festival and Fortune’s Wheel to the Newberry Consort and the Bach Collegium San Diego. And we are delighted to welcome San Francisco’s Musica Pacifica back to San Diego. They are recognized worldwide as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles. Sheehan andMusica Pacifica will present a program of cantatas by Handel and Rameau, plus instrumental music by Rameau and Telemann — all “in praise of harmony.”
[Sheehan’s] tone was sinuous and supple. – Opera News
Tenor Aaron Sheehan was ideal, clear and polished, elegantly declaiming the wide-ranging but dramatically restrained recitatives with quiet intensity. – Boston Globe
Musica Pacifica is made up of some of the finest baroque musicians
in America. – American Record Guide
The English Concert: “Baroque Extravaganza: An Evening of Suites and Concertos”
The English Concert is simply unparalleled. Directed since 2007 by Harry Bicket, TEC performs to critical acclaim throughout the world, and has made more than 100 recordings. Tonight’s performance includes the baroque repertoire that is TEC’s specialty, including suites and concertos of J.S. Bach and Telemann, and features flutes, horns, oboes, oboe d’amore, and trumpet as well as strings, culminating in a suite from Rameau’s spectacular Les Boréades. Come and savor the extravagantly baroque sound of The English Concert!
With first-rate forces at his disposal, Bicket created a wonderfully organic entity and an indelibly poignant, probing performance of Bach’s masterpiece. – The Daily Telegraph
A victory for vigorous, healthy music-making... – The Times
This concert is made possible by generous support from Mr. Sam Ersan.
Fabio Biondi, violin and Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord:
“Music of Bach and Locatelli for Violin and Keyboard”
Fabio Biondi has performed in the great concert halls both as a solo violinist and as the founding director of Europa Galante, one of Europe’s finest baroque ensembles. He is joined for this performance of works of Bach and Locatelli by American harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss. Weiss, who studied with Gustav Leonhardt, is active both as a soloist and as an opera director. He is on the faculty at the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Three of Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord feature on this concert, along with the Concerto Italiano (performed by Kenneth Weiss), and a sonata for violin and continuo by Bach’s contemporary, Pietro Locatelli.
|This concert is partially funded by a WESTAF TourWest grant. TourWest is supported by the National Edowment of the Arts|
Biondi’s violin playing was both finely poised and electric: full of energy, but never aggressively so, always elegant of phrasing and refined of tone. – Chicago Tribune
Mr. Weiss played with a graceful sense of line that transformed these dance pieces into full-fledged concert works. – New York Times