Stour Music Festival

The English Concert
Christopher Bucknall 
director/harpsichord
Alfonso Leal del Ojo viola

Purcell Suite from The Fairy Queen
Corelli Concerto Grosso in C Op.6, No.10
Telemann Viola Concerto in G
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Bach Sinfonia from Cantata No.42 BWV 42
Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G minor RV 157
Handel Concerto Grosso in G minor Op.6, No.6
Telemann Tafelmusik Suite No.3 in B flat TWV 55:B1

In an age of instant information and communication it is all too easy to imagine that the musical centres of Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries were isolated pockets of creativity. Yet entirely the opposite was true. Purcell knew very well that his quintessentially English style incorporated significant aspects from French music, where the now restored Charles II had been in exile. Bach (and Telemann), meanwhile, sought to infuse aspects of Italian and French styles together with a German attention to harmony and counterpoint. Elsewhere, music of the Italian schools were lapped up by the bustling printing houses of Amsterdam and the amateur musicians of England, who happily devoured pirate copies to keep up to date. Whilst adopted by the English and turning his attention to the new form of English-language oratorio, Handel’s music similarly betrays his upbringing in Germany and early success in Italy. But from this fusion of ideas and styles comes the greatest music Europe had ever heard. The spark to create something new sets these musical giants apart as Baroque Masters.