Bach: St. Mark Passion

King's Chapel, Tremont Street and School Street, Boston, MA

 

King’s Chapel Choir & Soloists; Chamber Orchestra; Paul Cienniwa, continuo

This fascinating work was reconstructed from the surviving libretto, using music from Cantata 198 and several other Bach sources. The American premiere was given by the King’s Chapel Choir in 1980.

Tickets will go on sale starting February 23, 2015.

$10/$15

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BACH EXPLORED: Bach the Apollonian

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA

 

Violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will present a recital-series “BACH EXPLORED.” Each program will focus on a different aesthetic facet of Bach's musical language, surveying its roots in music of his contemporaries and forebears.

Bach’s works for violin and harpsichord are the only sonatas of their vintage to have entered the standard repertoire. Despite modern-day popularity, they were composed as humble essays in an already rich and thriving tradition–a tradition stretching back three generations before Bach’s birth. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the violin sonata was Germany’s primary outlet for instrumental experimentation, expression, and virtuosity, and its exponents redefined the violin’s technical and musical boundaries.

The first concert (October 1, 2014), “Bach the Dionysian,” celebrates violinist-composers who indulged in the pleasures of virtuosity: this program features flighty, mercurial fantasias and scherzos of the 17th century, and sensuous, indulgent sonatas of the 18th century. “Dark Visions,” the second program (January 28, 2015), probes the deepest reaches of human expression, from the musical ars moriendi to violinistic depictions of grief and despair. Finally, “Bach the Apollonian” (April 8, 2015) closes the series on an exalted note, with grand, heavenly sonatas by two generations of composers.

$20 suggested donation

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BACH EXPLORED: Bach the Apollonian

First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA

 

Violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa will present a recital-series “BACH EXPLORED.” Each program will focus on a different aesthetic facet of Bach's musical language, surveying its roots in music of his contemporaries and forebears.

Bach’s works for violin and harpsichord are the only sonatas of their vintage to have entered the standard repertoire. Despite modern-day popularity, they were composed as humble essays in an already rich and thriving tradition–a tradition stretching back three generations before Bach’s birth. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the violin sonata was Germany’s primary outlet for instrumental experimentation, expression, and virtuosity, and its exponents redefined the violin’s technical and musical boundaries.

The first concert (October 2, 2014), “Bach the Dionysian,” celebrates violinist-composers who indulged in the pleasures of virtuosity: this program features flighty, mercurial fantasias and scherzos of the 17th century, and sensuous, indulgent sonatas of the 18th century. “Dark Visions,” the second program (January 29, 2015), probes the deepest reaches of human expression, from the musical ars moriendi to violinistic depictions of grief and despair. Finally, “Bach the Apollonian” (April 9, 2015) closes the series on an exalted note, with grand, heavenly sonatas by two generations of composers.

$20 suggested donation

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Jun13

recital with mezzo-soprano Allison Messier

Little Compton, RI

 

details forthcoming

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Jun30

Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

Machias, ME

 

with baroque violinist Heidi Powell

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Portland Early Music Festival

 

A Feast of Baroque Concertos

The 18th century spawned a rich crop of concertos for a range of instruments, including solo violin and harpsichord. This concert several tantalizing examples.

Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord; Heidi Powell and Richard Hsu, violin; Raffael Scheck, ‘cello, headline the list of guest artists.

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