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December 2016

 

 

• Launch of our Wigmore Hall 16/17 Residency concert season •
• New JS Bach cantatas disc with Iestyn Davies, out on 30 December •
• An update on our recent recordings •

Arcangelo Wigmore Hall Residency launch concert on 14 December, and future concerts
               

We were thrilled to launch our Baroque Ensemble Residency at Wigmore Hall on 14 December, with a programme of JS Bach and Telemann cantatas, featuring distinguished soloists Lydia Teuscher, Andrew Tortise, Alex Potter and Thomas Bauer. We were equally delighted to be surrounded by so many of our Friends and Supporters on this special date.

Some of the audience comments on social media were ‘Perfect balance between soloists and orchestra. Magnificent!’, ‘An auspicious start to Arcangelo’s residency at Wigmore Hall tonight exploring the spiritual depths of Bach & Telemann’s cantatas’, ‘Rare chance to hear Telemann funeral cantata ‘Du Aber, Daniel, gehe hin’ beautifully performed by Arcangelo tonight’, and it received a 5-star review (“Engaging vibrancy”) from Robert Hugill.

Our second Residency concert is a programme of J.S. Bach harpsichord concertos with notable and exciting soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout, on 13 January 2017 at 7:30PM. Booking is open here. If you are attending, please email us onoffice@arcangelo.org.uk so that we can invite you to our interval drinks reception.

Our further UK concert dates in 2017 are: 5 May at 10PM and 21 July at 7:30PM at Wigmore Hall (their Friends’ priority booking for both opens on 12 January 2017 and public booking on 8 February), 1 October at 5PM at Tetbury Music Festival in Gloucestershire, and 31 December at 7PM in central London.

Upcoming Release: J.S. Bach cantatas, with Iestyn Davies

Arcangelo’s new disc, an album of JS Bach alto cantatas with star counter tenor Iestyn Davies whom Arcangelo has recorded with several times before, will be released on 30 December and is now available for pre-order. Cantata No 82 Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.

“If I say that these recordings of Cantatas Nos 170 and 82 can hold up their heads in the most exalted company—for me that’s Janet Baker and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Neville Marriner – that’s really all that need be said.” (MusicWeb International, December 2016).

You can hear short excerpts of the music by clicking on the album artwork above, and purchase the album via the links to iTunes and Hyperion’s website below:

An update on our recent recordings

In October, we recorded Buxtehude’s seven Trio Sonatas, Opus 1, and a collection of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s sacred music, including his Litanie de la Vierge H. 83, Magnificat H. 73 and Ouverture pour le sacre d’un eveque, to be released together with three Leçons de Ténèbres du Mercredi Saint. (Above: Samuel Boden (high tenor), Thomas Walker (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone) immersed in the Litanie de la vierge. Photo credit: Simon Perry).
It was an absolutely superb recording project, and the artistic level super high. The Litanie H.83 in particular was a revelation. Such beautiful music.” (Jonathan Cohen, speaking the day after the recordings ended).

The realisation of our projects is only made possible by the generosity of our friends. We thank the donors towards these recordings, without whom they would not have been possible. We are still showing a shortfall on the Charpentier recording, and it is not too late to support it. By way of thanks, all supporters will receive an acknowledgment in the album booklet notes, updates on our progress, and an invitation to one of our receptions.If you would like further information, please contact Adam Swann atadam@arcangelo.org.uk
Jonathan Cohen Artistic Director
Adam Swann General Manager
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