Weelkes: What Joy so True
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
6d ago
Weelkes: What Joy so TrueAnthems, Canticles and Consort music by Thomas WeelkesThe Choir of Chichester Cathedral, The Rose Consort of Viols, John Bryan, Charles HarrisonRegent Records. REGCD571. 77’12 The 400th anniversaries in 2023 of the death of Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) and William Byrd (c1540-1623) threw into sharp focus the contrast between the fates and subsequent ..read more
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Haydn: The Creation (with dance)
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
1w ago
Haydn: The Creation (with dance)Scherzo Ensemble, Orpheus SinfoniaMatthew O’Keeffe, conductorWinchester College New Hall, 6th April 2024 Under their artistic director and conductor Matthew O’Keeffe and producer and general manager Stephanie Waldron, the Scherzo Ensemble (a charity since 2021) and their associated Longhope Opera provide training and development opportunities for emerging singers, including (commendably, paid) performances ..read more
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Bojan Čičić. Bach: Partitas & Sonatas
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
1w ago
Bach: Partitas & Sonatas Bojan Čičić, violinDelphian DCD34300. 78’46+67’14, 2CDs Many of Bojan Čičić‘s recordings have focussed on lesser-known composers, their music brought to life with inspiring performances. He now turns his attention to Bach with this recording of the Partitas & Sonatas (Sei solo à violin senza basso accompagnato), BWV 1001-1006. Unusually, the Partitas ..read more
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Royal Festival Hall organ @ 70
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
3w ago
The Royal Festival Hall organ @ 70Saturday 23 March 2024 I have played organs dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, so the 70th birthday of an organ might not appear to be that big a deal. But the organ in London’s Royal Festival Hall made an important, if controversial, contribution to the post-war ..read more
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Early Music Day recital: BEFORE BACH programme notes
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
1M ago
Mayfair Organ Concerts – The Grosvenor Chapel19 March 2024 Early Music Day concertAndrew Benson-WilsonBEFORE BACH Conrad Paumann (c1410-1473) Incipit Fundamentum m.C.p.C;Magnificat Octavi Toni. 2v(From the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, c1460) Hans Buchner (1483-1538) Magnificat anima sexti Toni. 2v Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) Magnificat Tertii Toni. 3v Mathias Weckmann (1617-74) Magnificat II. Toni. 4v Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) Fantasia in ..read more
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Early Music Day recital, Dulwich. 24 March 2024.
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
1M ago
The Chapel of Christ of Alleyn’s College of God’s GiftGallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7ADSunday 24 March 2024, 7:45 AFTER BACHAndrew Benson-Wilson Andrew’s annual Early Music Day concerts usually include music by JS Bach, reflecting the fact that Early Music Day is on 21 March, the date of Bach’s birth under the current calendar. This year ..read more
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Early Music Day recital, Grosvenor Chapel, 19 March 2024
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
1M ago
Andrew Benson-Wilson, organMayfair Organ ConcertsThe Grosvenor ChapelSouth Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2PATuesday 19 March 2024, 1:10 BEFORE BACH Andrew’s annual Early Music Day recitals are usually focussed on the music of JS Bach, reflecting the fact that Early Music Day is on 21 March, the date of Bach’s birth under the current calendar. This year ..read more
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The Telling: Into the Melting Pot
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
2M ago
Into the Melting PotThe Telling Anvil Arts – The Haymarket, Basingstoke. 6 February 2024 Into the Melting Pot is described as a “concert-play”. It involved an actor (Clara Perez) presenting the story (written by Clare Norburn) of a Jewish woman (Blanca) living in Spain in 1492 on the eve of the expulsion of the Jews ..read more
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Strozzi: Il primo libro de madrigali 1644
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
2M ago
Songs from a Beautiful MouthBarbara Strozzi: Il primo libro de madrigali (1644)Solomon’s KnotWigmore Hall, 4 Fenruary 2024 Solomon’s Knot has built an impressive reputation for its innovative approach to performing early music. Singing from memory, they incorporate subtle and very personal theatrical elements into their performances, whether bringing to life the individual characters in a ..read more
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The Mozartists. 1774 – A Retrospective
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by Andrew Benson-Wilson
3M ago
MOZART 2501774 – A RetrospectiveThe Mozartists, Ian Page18 January 2014 Zimmermann: Symphony in E minorGluck: “Par un père cruel” and “Jupiter, lance la foudre” from Iphigénie en AulideAnfossi: “Care pupile belle” from La finta giardiniera (UK première)Salieri: “Sperar il caro porto” from La calamita de’ cuori (UK première)Mozart: “Ergo interest… Quaere superna” K. 143Mysliveček: “Pace e calma in questo segno ..read more
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