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Friday 23 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square

María Hinojosa Montenegro
Martin Oro
La Risonanza
Fabio Bonizzoni

soprano
counter-tenor

harpsichord & director

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The admirable Abate Steffani

María Hinojosa Montenegro
Martin Oro
La Risonanza

Handel
Steffani
Steffani
Steffani
Handel
Handel
Pepusch
Pepusch

Trio Sonata in G major, Op.5 No.4
Duet 'Occhi, perchè piangete?'
Duet 'Inquieto mio cor'
Scherzo 'Guardati, o core'
Duet 'Tanti strali al sen'
Duet 'A mirarvi io son contento'
Trio Sonata in C major
Duet 'Conqu'ring heroes fam'd in story' (from 'The Union of the Three Sister Arts')

Opera composer, bishop, diplomat and sometime director of music at the Hanover court, Agostino Steffani was one of the most rounded figures in early 18th-century musical life. His sensitive and exquisite duets influenced Handel's own vocal chamber music, and this concert offers a chance to hear both composers side by side, performed by an ensemble famed for its skill in bringing this repertoire to life. The programme rounds off with music by another distinguished 'London German', Johann Christoph Pepusch.

 

'Bonizzoni can take risks where others can't, owing to the brilliance of his musicianship matched with intellect that plumbs the depths of the score.'
BBC Music Magazine

 

Tickets £28, £22, £15, £10
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Friday 23 May, 9.30pm
Lufthansa Late

St John's Smith Square

Kati Debretzeni

The Hilliard Ensemble
Monika Mauch
David James
Steven Harrold
Gordon Jones

violin


soprano
counter-tenor
tenor
baritone

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Morimur

The Hilliard Ensemble
Kati Debretzeni

German musicologist Helge Thoene's theory that Bach's famous Chaconne for solo violin contains an intricate web of references to a German Easter hymn, perhaps motivated by the untimely death of the composer's first wife, is brought audibly and hauntingly to life in a beautiful realisation by one of Europe's most distinguished soloists and concertmasters in collaboration with the world-famous Hilliard Ensemble, currently celebrating its 40th-anniversary season.

 

'The world's foremost vocal quartet, with a sound exquisitely attuned to Renaissance music but increasingly attractive to living composers.'
The Daily Telegraph

 

Tickets £15 (unreserved)
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