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Friday 23 May, 7.00pm
St John's Smith Square
The admirable Abate Steffani

María Hinojosa Montenegro soprano
Martin Oro counter-tenor
La Risonanza
Fabio Bonizzoni harpsichord & director

Handel Trio Sonata in G major, Op.5 No.4
Steffani Duet 'Occhi, perchè piangete?'
Steffani Duet 'Inquieto mio cor'
Steffani Scherzo 'Guardati, o core'
Handel Duet 'Tanti strali al sen'
Handel Duet 'A mirarvi io son contento'
Pepusch Trio Sonata in C major
Pepusch 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
Buy a ticket for both concerts on 23 May and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine