Buxton International Festival 2019

While Bach’s large choral works stand as pillars of Western music, it is in his cantatas that we find him at his most adventurous.

Unfolding like miniature operas, with bass and soprano voices embodying ‘Jesus’ and the ‘Soul’, the drama in his so-called dialogue cantatas turn inwards, taking the listener on an emotional journey which Bach captures with searing intensity.

The English Concert
Kristian Bezuidenhout
director/harpsichord
Rachel Redmond soprano
Matthew Brook bass

Bach Cantata ‘Liebster Jesu mein Verlangen’ BWV32
Telemann Water Music Suite in C TWV 55:C3
Bach Cantata ‘Selig ist der Mann’ BWV57
Bach Cantata ‘Ach Gott, wie manches Herzelied’ BWV58


Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

An accomplished musician and avid supporter of the arts, Grand Prince Ferdinando of Tuscany stood as one of the last in the Medici dynasty. Attracting the very best musicians, painters, sculptors and artists from across Europe, he turned Florence into a centre of excellence. Amongst the many musicians Ferdinando commissioned and invited to Florence were Alessandro Scarlatti, Legrenzi, Handel and the...

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Garsington Opera

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'The English ConcertThe English Cornett & Sackbutt EnsembleGarsington...

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