2014 Festival Newsletter
Issue 2, November 2013
LUFTHANSA FESTIVAL OF BAROQUE MUSIC
The Year 1714
16 - 24 May 2014
Laurence Cummings, leading Handel interpreter of our time and artistic director of the Göttingen Handel Festival, brings his Göttingen forces and a line-up of outstanding soloists to St John's for our Festival grand finale.
Handel's biblical oratorio of 1748 is one of his most stirring and vividly imaginative. Telling the story of the Israelites' conquest of Canaan, it includes such scenes as the collapse of Jericho and the miracle of the Sun and Moon standing still at the Battle of Gibeon, and is the original home of 'See, the conqu'ring hero comes'.
Soloists include acclaimed tenor Kenneth Tarver, mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić and soprano Ida Falk Winland. Completing a packed stage will be the NDR Choir (Hamburg).
Pierre Hantaï in Bach's 2-harpsichord concertos
Pierre Hantaï's solo recital at the 2010 Lufthansa Festival is remembered as one of the most brilliant in recent times, so we are thrilled that he is returning this year in the company of some friends - the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Finnish harpsichordist Appo Häkkinen.
A rare opportunity to hear all three of J. S. Bach's superb concertos for two harpsichords and orchestra, along with a concerto by someone who might just have played those concertos with him, his most gifted son Carl Philipp Emanuel, born in our anniversary year of 1714.
Dorothee Oberlinger at St Peter's Eaton Square
The first of our two concerts at St Peter's Eaton Square features the recorder virtuoso Dorothee Oberlinger, who is among the world's most expressive practitioners of an instrument familiar to English gentlemen musicians of the early 1700s. Indeed, the early 18th-century houses that still stand by our principal venue St John's Smith Square could well have resounded to their efforts!
Oberlinger and harpsichordist Peter Kofler explore the repertory those enthusiasts would have known, spanning a colourfully cosmopolitan mix of English, German and Italian masters familiar and unfamiliar.
1714 and the London Stage
The Georgian era saw an enormous expansion of London, a city that came to embody the whole gamut of human existence, from the sophistication of Italian Opera and the West End to the lewd pleasures of Covent Garden and the dark alleys of the docks.
Aptly named ensemble L'Avventura London brings us the sounds of London's theatres in 1714, with opera arias by Scarlatti and Bononcini, the 'low' songs of Henry Carey and Thomas D'Urfey, popular country dances, 'Englished' arias by Handel, music by Pepusch of The Beggar's Opera fame, and Richard Leveridge's music for Shakespeare's Macbeth.
For your further interest...
Spitalfields Music Winter Festival
6 - 17 December
Venues across East London
Early music ensemble La Nuova Musica led by exuberant young director David Bates will be performing lost treasures of the Baroque by Royal Academy of Music opera composers Ariosti and Bononcini. Joined by countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, discover rarely performed works from the British Library's archives alongside stunning arias by Handel.
Tickets available from £5.
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