Amidst the flourishing commission from New York’s Carnegie Hall to present annual installations of Handel operas-in-concert, The English Concert’s Artistic Director Harry Bicket discusses the renewed interest into Handel’s music. Having been best known for his choral works for a long period of time, and indeed for his large celebratory works such as Music for the Royal Fireworks, the Watermusic and the likes of Zadok the Priest, Handel is once more being recognized as the creator of great operas.
“Like a globe-travelling relative who returns bearing marvellous gifts, The English Concert continues to appear at Carnegie Hall bearing one gorgeous Handel opera after another. The English Concert will return in April of next year , with [Ariodante]. After Sunday, it seems cruelly unfair to have to wait that long. ” – New York Classical Review
Bach's reserves some of his most beautiful music for the moment of death. In this video, Katharina Spreckelsen performs the soaring oboe line in this exquisite sinfonia from Cantata 156
Nadja Zwiener, leader of The English Concert, performs Bach's Sarabanda from his Partita for solo violin in D Minor BWV 1004 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where the composer's remains
This sweet short Rondeau from Purcell's The Indian Queen was recorded by The English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout at the Henry Wood Hall in London in November 2019. Nadja Zwiener,