For the majority of music in the baroque period, whether purely instrumental, chamber, or for the church or opera house, a keyboard instrument played a pivotal role in the continuo group. Yet for music of the classical period, especially the classical symphony, the role of the keyboard (or even if one is used at all) has become somewhat of a contentious issue. The English Concert's Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout offers his thoughts on the argument.
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The 2017-2018 season marks the start of a wonderful partnership as Kristian Bezuidenhout becomes The English Concert's Principal Guest Director. Catch a glimpse of the orchestra in action and hear from Kristian as we set out on our journey together. 'I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these superb musicians many times, and I am always struck not just by the extreme classiness of the playing,...WATCH NOW
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The English Concert's Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout gives his thoughts on the role of the keyboard in the classical symphony.WATCH NOW
Bicket reveals his belief that attitudes towards the practice should be revised, allowing ensembles like The English Concert to be judged directly against orchestras that perform on modern instruments.Watch now