September 2017

Arcangelo September 2017 message from Jonathan Cohen
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• Iestyn Davies MBE and Arcangelo’s album of J.S. Bach cantatas wins a 2017 Gramophone Award! •
• Future UK dates – Booking is open for concerts on 1 October, 31 December, and 7 January •
• Recent news •
• New album of Odes by John Blow, available for pre-order •
Iestyn Davies MBE and Arcangelo win a 2017 Gramophone Award!             
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We are thrilled to announce the win of a 2017 Gramophone Award today, for Iestyn Davies’ and Arcangelo’s album of Johann Sebastian Bach cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170, on Hyperion Records

Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen says: “This year at Arcangelo has been a varied and delightful one and I’m glad to be in touch with you. Iestyn and I were delighted to find out about the Gramophone prize in the vocal baroque category. The alto cantatas by J.S. Bach have always been the great titans of the counter tenor repertoire and I was thrilled that we collaborated on this important project. In thinking about the instrumental pieces to complete the disc, I had this idea to take the re-orchestrated Brandenburg concerto movements that Bach re-used as sinfonias in his cantatas. The 3rd concerto which Bach remade beautifully as the sinfonia from BWV 174 was such an interesting piece to record. The horn parts are fiendishly difficult, it casts a light on how Bach might have heard the Brandenburg 3rd concerto in his own head. Similarly when one listens to his lute suite in G minor (not on the disc) one hears new harmonies that can inform the cellist who is playing solo cello Suite No 5. For me it is a very interesting learning experience to see the same piece re-orchestrated or re-organised by the same composer.

The Gramophone Awards Ceremony takes place on 13 September at 6:30 PM UK time at the stunning venue of 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2, and will be streamed live and available on catch-up on

You can read Gramophone Magazine’s review of the album here. It was their Editor’s Choice, and The Sunday Times Album of the Week, reaching Number 1 in the UK specialist classical chart, and further receiving 5 star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and The Observer.

An excerpt of the disc can be heard .

 Future concert dates and an open rehearsal for our Followers
Booking is open for our next UK concerts:

Sunday 1 October at 5 PM at Tetbury Music Festival in Gloucestershire, with a spiritually-inspired programme by Haydn and his friend and admirer Mozart, with acclaimed soloists soprano Anna Devin and baritone Gyula Orendt, that includes Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Haydn’s Nicolai Mass; booking is open. We are holding an open rehearsal of this programme for our Followers at 2:30-5:30PM on Saturday 30 September, in Battersea; please email us for further details.

Sunday 31 December at 7 PM at Wigmore Hall, in a programme of Blow, Vivaldi, Handel and Purcell with fast rising young talent Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), with us again after the Wigmore Hall 115th Anniversary gala concert in June last year (see photo above; credit: Simon Jay Price)booking is open.

Sunday 7 January at 7:30 PM at Milton Court in London, with outstanding and characterful baritone Christopher Purves, in a programme of Handel Arias, including works from our 2013 Gramophone Award-nominated disc ‘Handel’s Finest Arias for Base Voice’. Booking is  open.

Recent news
Our new disc of Buxtehude Opus 1 sonatas on Alpha Classics was featured on BBC Radio 3 Summer Record Review with Andrew McGregor: “…playing of this quality emphasises what wonderful chamber music is…’ ‘…a delight from beginning to end”. You can replay the review here, 1h28 into the programme.

“Our chamber music concerts as Resident baroque ensemble at Wigmore Hall have come to a close this Summer, with a beautiful concert of Couperin’s Les nations and cantatas by de Montéclair and Clérambault with Sophie Junker. I’m very glad we took the plunge and dived into Les nations. I am a big believer in Couperin’s music. For me, his three part writing in his trio sonatas is some of the most sophisticated and exquisite compositional craft, both at the level of compositional sophistication and at an incredibly high level of harmonic creativity.” (Jonathan).

The concert received a 5* review from Planet Hugill: ‘This was a finely elegant evening of French chamber music highlighting the vivid interplay between performers and their stylish approach to music making.‘ This concert was also performed on tour a few days earlier at Hindsgavl Festival on a picturesque island in Denmark, broadcast on Danish Radio.

In August, Arcangelo was guest at the Thun Bachwochen in Switzerland, opening the Festival with a concert of Bach and Handel cantatas with award-winning soprano Lydia Teuscher (see image above), broadcast on Swiss Radio. The Berner ZeitungcommentedThe chamber ensemble enabled the audience to bathe in a baroque musical experience that was infinitely finely chiseled and carried us away into the eighteenth century.’

Upcoming Release: Odes by John Blow, with tenor soloists Samuel Boden and Thomas Walker

“Another great composer features later this month with our release of Blow Odes on Hyperion on 29 September. I do believe there will be some premiere recordings here, as there is still a lot of John Blow’s music yet to be worked on. For me, Blow is a top level musician and composer. He was Purcell’s teacher, and you can really see this in some moments, such as in the ground bass aria “hark how the waken’d string” of the ode “Begin the Song”  – in times where the UK is redefining itself as a nation, I think it is worthy to reflect on the past, what are our national treasures and what we think of as British. John Blow certainly won’t tomorrow become a household name, but for musicians and music lovers interested in 17th century music, I’m proud to wave the flag for him! You can hear one of the odes at our New Year’s Eve concert as Wigmore Hall which is a joyous programme also including Vivaldi’s and Handel’s Gloria. I hope to see you there.” (Jonathan).
You can hear short excerpts of the music by clicking on the album artwork above, and pre-order the album via the links to iTunes’ and Hyperion’s websites:
“Thank you for following our work, and for those not already supporters, we’d love you to take the plunge and join our generous sponsors. We need you, to keep doing this wonderful music!”

If you would like further information about how to support us, please contact our Friends Manager Katharine Reid, or you can look up our website here.

Jonathan Cohen Artistic Director
Adam Swann General Manager
Katharine Reid Friends Manager

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