Introducing the new 2014-2015 season!|
Artistic Director Harry Bicket is delighted to welcome you to a new season full of musical highlights! "Although I conduct many orchestras and opera houses around the world, I always relish returning to The English Concert, which I consider my musical and spiritual home. The talent, energy and passion I encounter with the musicians of this orchestra is unique."†
Il caro Sassone LIVE in concert|
The English Concert returned to Wigmore Hall on 21 May to perform music by two giants of the high Baroque - Handel and Vivaldi. One of the great Handelians of our day, soprano Lucy Crowe sung two of the composer's Italian cantatas alongside arias from his early Venetian opera "Agrippina". And virtuoso period-violinist Simon Standage played four concertos from Vivaldi's 1725 opus 8 set - otherwise known as "The Four Seasons". Click on the link below to listen to the concert LIVE!*†
*available for download until 28 May.
Announcing the first English Concert American fellowships!|
The first of its kind Grant for gifted Early Music Performers
The English Concert in America (TECA), the US-based non-profit organization supporting the Stateside activities of The English Concert, has announced the inaugural TECA Fellowship, an annual grant and opportunity for professional training and experience, that will be awarded to a select number of graduates in the field of historical performance who have demonstrated exceptional talent and musical growth.
Listen: The English Concert live at Carnegie Hall!|
Last month, Artistic Director Harry Bicket and The English Concert came to Carnegie Hall for the latest installment in our Handel project—the rarely heard oratorio Theodora.
Listen to hear that performance featuring an all-star lineup of soloists: soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, countertenor David Daniels, tenor Kurt Streit and bass-baritone Neal Davies.
On choral duties is the Choir of Trinity Wall Street led by Julian Wachner.
THEODORA 'Flawless and Uplifting!'|
Considering the flop of his oratorio Theodora in 1750, Handel wryly observed, ‘the Jews will not come to it because it is a Christian story, and the ladies will not come because it is a virtuous one’.
And for 240 years it remained in the shadows, only acquiring its present popularity thanks to Peter Sellarsí inspired Glyndebourne production starring the late great Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in 1996. And as a celebration of religious tolerance and freedom of thought, it does indeed lack the lurid glamour of most Baroque tragedy: the passions which drive it have a glowing inwardness, as does Handelís music.
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