To celebrate his legacy, the Sydney Consort opens their 2009 music season to present a concert of music by the great master and his contemporaries.
Bach’s admiration for Handel is evident from his having copied with the help of his wife, stating:
“Handel is the only person I would wish to see before I die, and the only person I would wish to be, were I not Bach”.
“Handel is the greatest composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave”.
Works by Handel and his colleagues in music- Buxtehude, J.S. Bach & Telemann
Hans-Dieter MICHATZ– recorder
Stan KORNEL– baroque violin & viola d’amore
Monika KORNEL– harpsichord
CANTATA DI NATALE VATICINI DI PACE CANTATA a quattro voci
Del Signore Antonio Caldara
The prolific Venetian composer, Antonio Caldara’s sacred cantata,Vaticini di Pace for Christmas Eve 1712, is one of a series of works that were performed on 24th December every year, between 1676 and 1740, in the Papal Palace in Rome.
According to the research of Professor Brian Pritchard (Musicologist for the School of Music, University of Canterbury, New Zealand), this cantata has not previously been performed in Australia.
Belinda Montgomery – Pace soprano
Nicole Thomson – Amor Divino soprano
Nicole Smeulders – Giustica mezzo soprano
Richard Black – Core Umano tenor
Stan Kornel and Fiona Ziegler – baroque violins
Annika Stagg – baroque cello
Peter McLean – baroque bass
Monika Kornel – harpsichord
Bach and Handel were born the same year, in 1685, only 80 miles apart- Bach in a small state of Thuringia, and Handel in nearby Saxony. Bach came out of a strong Protestant choral tradition and Handel grew up listening to the music of aristocracy. The German Protestant composer never left his country, while the nobleman ’s composer moved to London in 1710 where he spent the rest of his life as an English citizen. They never did meet.
Johann Sebastian Bach had not a single but a universal personality. He profited by the musical development of three of four generations. The composer’s output embraces every musical genre of his time in which he opened up new dimensions in virtually every department of creative work to which he turned, in format, musical quality and technical demands.
Bach’s admiration for Handel is evident from his having copied, with the help of his wife, and as he stated: “Handel is the only person I would wish to see before I die, and the only person I would wish to be, were I not Bach”.
Handel, the hero of baroque music, bequeathed to mankind a singular artistic heritage. In his works he was striving for an impressive synthesis of various national styles. Besides the consummate mastery of composition and striking dramatic content, his music is noted for inward pathos and ravishing optimism.
Bach together with his great contemporary Handel were the last great representatives of the Baroque era in an age, which was already rejecting the Baroque aesthetic in favour of a new, ‘enlightened’ one. Both masters not only entertained the audiences, but they also educated them according to the principles of the Enlightenment.
J.S. BACH – Sonata for violin and harpsichord, Sonata for viola da gamba
and harpsichord, Trio Sonata
G. F. HANDEL – Sonata for recorder and harpsichord, Trio Sonata
Hans-Dieter MICHATZ – recorder
Stan KORNEL – baroque violin
Annika STAGG – viola da gamba
Monika KORNEL –harpsichord
After her acclaimed 2006 Sydney performance with the Dutch maestro, Wieland Kuijken, Professor Eva Legêne returns to Sydney. The Sydney Consort is thrilled by the opportunity to perform with this internationally renowned musician. Professor Legêne’s irresistibly eloquent appearances around the world are based on her thorough historical research into early music practice.
Don’t miss what promises to be a memorable event in Sydney’s 2008 musical calendar!
Dutch-born Professor Eva Legêne is a recorder virtuoso and music educator.
She has been a faculty member of the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and she has served as the director of the North American Recorder Conference at Indiana University. She has also conducted master classes throughout Europe and the United States.
Professor performs extensively as a soloist and in collaboration with Frans Brüggen, Wieland and Bart Kuijken, John Gibbons, and the Rosenborg Trio.
Of particular interest to recorder players are Professor Legêne’s researches in 1980, which led to discovery of the ‘Rosenborg recorders’ (two valuable 17th Century narwhal tusk recorders) in Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen.
Ms. Legêne’s recordings can be found on the telefunken label, the Brüggen Consort label, and as soloist on the Denon label.
In Programme works by:
J. G. JANITSCH, G. P. TELEMANN, J. S. BACH, J. J. QUANTZ
J. J. van EYCK, D. BUXTEHUDE, A. DORNEL and J. M. LECLAIR
Eva Legêne - recorder
Hans-Dieter Michatz – recorder
Stan Kornel – baroque violin & viola d’amore
Monika Kornel -harpsichord