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The English Concert



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“Bicket led his ensemble with both dramatic concision and pungent expression.” The Times

“Carolyn Sampson, now the best British early music soprano by quite some distance.” Gramophone

 

16 October 2012 (Tue)  8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$400, 300, 200, 100

 
Programme

Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C, BWV1066

Handel

Silete Venti, Motet for Soprano and Orchestra in B-flat, HWV242

Bach

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV1060

Handel

Three Arias from Guilio Cesare

Tu la mia stella sei

Se pieta di me non senti

 

Da tempeste il legne infranto

 
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Europe’s Leading Baroque Orchestra

The period instrument ensemble The English Concert was founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973.  In 2007, Harry Bicket, internationally renowned for his work in opera with the finest singers of the age, became its Artistic Director.  Bicket has led The English Concert in a series of outstanding performances and recordings with singers including Ian Bostridge, Vesselina Kasarova, David Daniels, Andreas Scholl, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Connolly, and Mark Padmore, among others.  The English Concert performs widely in the UK and abroad.  It also boasts an extensive discography, including more than 100 recordings with Trevor Pinnock for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv, a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Harmonia Mundi with violinist Andrew Manze, and with Harry Bicket, widely praised recordings with David Daniels and Elizabeth Watts.  In their concert in Hong Kong, they will feature masterpieces of the two great Baroque composers, Bach and Handel.  The British soprano Carolyn Sampson, widely acclaimed for her interpretation of early music, will join in the vocal works of Handel, including three arias from his great opera Giulio Cesare.

 
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Details of Performers

The English Concert

Created by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, the orchestra chose Harry Bicket to be its Artistic Director in 2007, and he has since led the orchestra in tours to Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Bicket is renowned internationally for his work in opera with the finest singers of the age, and English Concert collaborators in performance and recording include Ian Bostridge, Vesselina Kasarova, David Daniels, Lucy Crowe, Elizabeth Watts, Daniele de Niese, Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly.

Recent highlights include European and US tours with Alice Coote, Sara Mingardo and Anna Caterina Antonacci, a return to the Barbican Hall Great Performers series in London, Handel’s Samson at the 2009 BBC Proms with Mark Padmore in the title role, residencies at the Victoria & Albert and Handel House museums, recordings with oboist Albrecht Mayer and recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, and the English Concert Master Class for young harpsichordist-directors in London.

The English Concert's discography includes more than 100 recordings with Trevor Pinnock for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv, and a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Harmonia Mundi with violinist Andrew Manze. Their first recordings with Harry Bicket – Bach arias with David Daniels, Handel Duets with Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly, and Bach Arias & Cantatas with Elizabeth Watts – have been widely praised. Recent CDs include recitals with sopranos Lucy Crowe and Daniele de Niese.

 


Harry Bicket

Artistic Director/ Harpsichord

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras.

Highlights of recent seasons include extensive concerts and tours with The English Concert (including BBC Proms, Spain, Middle East, Austria, Germany, USA) as well as returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the world premiere of Ken Hesketh’s oratorio Like the Sea, like Time). Symphonic guest conducting has included San Francisco Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, NACO Ottawa and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Future plans include returns to many of the above mentioned orchestras as well as productions with the Met, Liceu Barcelona, Canadian Opera Company and Houston Grand Opera.

Bicket has appeared at major US festivals such as Glimmerglass, Spoleto, Aspen and Santa Fe. His discography includes releases with Ian Bostridge, David Daniels, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, a Handel duets disc with Sarah Connolly, Rosie Joshua and most recently on Harmonia Mundi with Elizabeth Watts and The English Concert.

 

 

Carolyn Sampson

Soprano

Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the US.

Carolyn Sampson’s numerous concert engagements are held in the UK, Europe and the US. She regularly appears at the BBC Proms and performs with orchestras including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, Manchester Camerata and The Sixteen. In Europe her many appearances have included concerts with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Retrospect Ensemble, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk.  In the US Carolyn Sampson has featured as soloist with San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort and Music of the Baroque, Chicago. In 2007 she sang the title role in Lully's Psyché for the Boston Early Music Festival.

Her many scared music recordings for Hyperion with The King’s Consort were highly acclaimed and were selected as BBC Music Magazine’s “Record of the Month”.   She recorded a highly-acclaimed CD of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Mass for Harmonia Mundi and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly for the Decca label.  Her recording of Purcell songs for BIS was selected as Editor’s Choice in the December 2007 issue of Gramophone Magazine.

 
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Pre-concert Talk (Conducted in Cantonese)
Reliving High Baroque: The English Concert and the ‘Early Music Revival’
Speaker: Dennis Wu (Music Critic)

16 October 2012 (Tue)  6:45pm
Exhibition Gallery, 7/F, High Block, Hong Kong City Hall

Admission free. Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 28 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

‘Great Music’ Package Discount
For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica’, ‘The English Concert’, ‘Wells Cathedral Choir’, ‘Piano Recital by Krystian Zimerman’ and ‘Piano Recital by Piotr Anderszewski’: 5% off for any 2 concerts; 10% off for any 3 concerts; 15% off for any 4 concerts; 20% off for all 5 concerts.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

 
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Enquiries

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009


The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary. 
 

 
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