Kristian Bezuidenhout at Kings Place

The English Concert return for their second performance this season at Kings Place in the company of their new Principal Guest Director Kristian Bezuidenhout.

The English Concert
Kristian Bezuidenhout director/harpsichord

Handel Trio Sonata in G Op. 5, No. 4, HWV 399
Telemann Sonata a 6 in G minor, TWV 44:33
Telemann Suite in E minor (from Tafelmusik Suite No. 1 TWV 55:E1 and Paris Quartet TWV 43:E4)
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Bach Contrapunctus 14 from The Art of Fugue BWV 1080
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Telemann ‘Wassermusik’ Suite in C TWV 55:C3 (‘Hamburger Ebb und Fluth’)

Well-known for his virtuosic keyboard performances, Bezuidenhout turns his attention towards Bach; his monumental Art of Fugue on one hand and the D minor harpsichord concerto on the other, each with their own intricate inventions. Bezuidenhout constructs his own invention in the form of a hybrid suite, pairing Telemann’s Tafelmusik and Paris Quartets, before mythological caricatures of Neptune, water nymphs and all the tempestuous moods of the sea are depicted in his famous Wassermusik.

In Profile: Kristian Bezuidenhout - Principal Guest Director

 ‘My first experience with The English Concert brings back the very fondest of memories. I remember being rather apprehensive at the time - this was my first play-direct project - but those fears were assuaged the minute we began making music together, the atmosphere immediately charged with positive energy. 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, but more importantly, by the focus, joy, and unbridled energy which these cherished colleagues bring to any repertoire they play.

The prospect of working in closer collaboration with The English Concert as their Principal Guest Director fills me with great excitement: what an enormous honour it will be to explore this extraordinary repertoire together.’ – Kristian Bezuidenhout