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Saturday 26 May, 4.30pm
St. John's, Smith Square
Bach v. The World
The Klais organ at St. John's, Smith Square, has only occasionally been heard at the Lufthansa Festival, so here is a chance to hear it put through its paces by a distinguished American concert organist, Kimberly Marshall. Her programme reflects the rivalries and friendships of Baroque organ music in works by J. S. Bach and Louis Marchand - the two were once lined up to play in competition until Marchand took flight.
'A multi-faceted musician who pushed the organ to its limit with her virtuosic demands ... A royal performance by one of our royalty!'
The American Organist
Tickets £15 (unreserved)
Please note that seating for this concert is in the gallery.
Buy a ticket for both concerts on 26 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine
Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm
St. John's, Smith Square
Early Opera Company
harpsichord & conductor
*Please note: For personal reasons, Rosemary Joshua has unfortunately had to withdraw from this concert. The Lufthansa Festival is delighted that Lisa Milne has agreed to take her place at short notice.
Handel and the Rival Queens
Flavio: 'Amante stravagante'
Giulio Cesare: 'Che sento? ... Se pietà'
Alessandro: Overture - 'Lusinghe più care' - 'Che tirannia d'Amor!' - 'Brilla nell' alma'
Siroe: 'Torrente cresciuto'
Riccardo primo: 'Quell'innocente, afflitto core'
Arianna: 'Miseri sventurati'
Cleofide: 'Son qual misera colomba'
Alessandro: 'Placa l'alma, quieta il petto!'
Two feisty modern-day sopranos, aided by one of the rising-star conductors in the Baroque opera world, take on the roles of the great rival divas of Handel's London operas of the 1720s, Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni. So notorious was their competition that a play was written about them, and even Handel's best attempts to provide them with precisely equal parts could not prevent their animosity boiling over into a fight on stage! This programme will include overtures, arias and duets from Handel's Ottone, Flavio, Alessandro, Admeto, Riccardo Primo and Siroe, Hasse's Cleofide, Porpora's Polifemo and Gay's The Beggar's Opera, as well as readings from contemporary letters, newspapers and other literary sources.
'The Early Opera Company is rapidly establishing itself as one of the best purveyors of Handel in this country. Christian Curnyn has as infallible a sense of tempo and musico-dramatic shape as the composer himself.'