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Date: 18th November 2013
The group brings its dazzling technical ability to a program of works by J. S. Bach and J. C. Bach, as well as Handel’s mythological tale of unrequited love Apollo e Dafne, one of his most ambitious cantatas that set the stage for the brilliant operatic career that followed in the next 30 years of his life.
- J. S. BACH Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041
- J. CHRISTOPH BACH “Mein Freund ist mein” from Cantata: Meine Freundin, du bist schön
- HANDEL Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10
- HANDEL Apollo e Dafne
Soloists: Alina Ibragimova (violin), Katherine Watson (soprano), Nikolai Borchev (baritone)
Lead by: Jonathan Cohen, Conductor and Harpsichord
Photo: Alina Ibragimova
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, BWV 1041
Bach’s music for solo violin, both unaccompanied and in ensemble, attests to his proficiency on string instruments as well as keyboard. Although he wrote numerous violin concertos, only three have survived. Like its companions in E major and D minor (for two solo violins), the A-Minor Concerto is scored for an orchestra of strings alone.
JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH “Mein Freund ist mein” from Cantata: Meine Freundin, du bist schön
J. S. Bach spent his early years in the city where his father’s cousin—Johann Christoph Bach—was a prominent member of the court musical establishment. J. C. Bach left a small but choice body of works for keyboard and voice, including the concerto-like Meine Freundin, du bist schön (which the composer called a “wedding dialogue”) from which this richly expressive soprano aria is taken. It is cast in the form of a chaconne with 66 variations.
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10
The dazzling variety and exalted invention of Handel’s 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, made them as popular in his time as they are in ours. The inherent drama of the concerto grosso form, in which two groups of instruments are pitted against each other, surely appealed to the veteran composer of operas and oratorios. In the D-Minor Concerto, two violins make up the solo concertino group, in contrast to the larger ripieno ensemble of strings and continuo.
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Apollo e Dafne
This intimate Italian cantata is based on the myth of the nymph Daphne that Ovid relates in the Metamorphoses. Handel wrote it for the Hanoverian court in his native Germany at the outset of his career as the most celebrated opera composer in Europe. The delightful score shows his budding genius for melody, dramatic characterization, and scene painting.