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Program includes works by Mozart and Haydn, featuring Richard Egarr on fortepiano for Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D Major
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8pm
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3pm
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, The Clock
Haydn: Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D Major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Richard Egarr, conductor and fortepiano
Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra
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Period specialist Richard Egarr returns to the Handel and Haydn Society to conduct Beethoven’s emotionally-charged Symphony No. 5 in C Minor. This work has a reputation of being classical music’s most famous perhaps because it represents a break with tradition, which is what made Beethoven himself so famous. This symphony represents many firsts: the first to use trombones, the first to reintroduce material from a previous movement, and the first to end in a different key from where it began.
“I am thrilled to welcome back the versatile Richard Egarr who will once again lead from the podium and the fortepiano,” said Artistic Director Harry Christophers. “And while we know many have heard Beethoven’s Fifth before, rest assured that hearing this incredible music on period instruments at the hands of Richard, you will experience it as if you were listening to it for the very first time.”
Other works on the program include the best known of Haydn’s piano concertos replete with striking dramatic contrasts and its infectious Rondo — Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D Major, with Egarr taking a turn on the fortepiano; and the popular Symphony No. 101 in D Major, The Clock. Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni is also featured.
Aisslinn Nosky, recently appointed concertmaster for Handel and Haydn’s 2011-2012 Season, will return as guest concertmaster for this program.
Richard Egarr is one of the most versatile musicians around. He has worked with all types of keyboards, performing repertoire ranging from 15th century organ music to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a conductor.
Egarr enjoyed his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and as organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge. His studies with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt further inspired his work in the field of historical performance.
As a conductor, Egarr has presented a wide range of repertoire, from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to John Taverner’s Ikon of Light. He directs specialised ensembles and modern orchestras alike. He is Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, having succeeded its founder Christopher Hogwood in 2006. Egarr has directed many oratorios and operas, notably Messiah, Esther, Acis & Galatea, Alcina, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Athalia and Alexander’s Feast by Handel; Haydn’s The Creation, Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Dido & Aeneas, Telemann’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bach’s B minor Mass and the St. Matthew Passion (with the Dutch Bach Society, and in a staged version at Glyndebourne). He has conducted ‘modern’ orchestras such as Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. This season he conducts the AAM on several tours across Europe and Asia. Egarr has given many solo performances throughout Europe, Japan and the USA (with Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Goldberg Variations). He has appeared as orchestral soloist with the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Egarr has earned a great reputation as a chamber musician, also thanks to longstanding relationship with violinist Andrew Manze.
Richard Egarr records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA. His solo output comprises works by Frescobaldi, Gibbons, Couperin, Purcell, Froberger, Mozart, and J.S. Bach (Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier Book I). He has an impressive list of award winning recordings with violinist Andrew Manze, including Sonatas from Bach, Biber, Rebel, Pandolfi, Corelli, Handel, Mozart, and Schubert. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has recorded the complete Bach harpsichord concertos and an entire set of Handel discs including the Concerti grossi Op. 3 (Gramopone Award 2007), the Organ Concertos Op. 4 (MIDEM Award 2009), and 7 and his Sonatas Op. 1 and 5. This year also saw the release of the Brandenburg Concertos from J.S. Bach.
Teresa Neff received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Boston University. Her research interests center around Gottfried van Swieten, a late 18th century Viennese patron and composer. Neff’s edition of Swieten’s symphonies will be published by Artaria later this year. She has presented papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society and the Architecture/Music/Acoustics Conference. She presents concert preview lectures for Elderhostel and Boston Lyric Opera, and also teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Conservatory.
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7pm
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2pm
Cabot Cahners Room, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Free with concert tickets
Musicologist Teresa Neff gives an illuminating look inside the music and historical context of the program.
Post-Concert CD Signing with Richard Egarr
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10pm
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 5pm
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Guest conductor Richard Egarr with meet patrons and sign copies of Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos. The CD is available at the Handel and Haydn Society online shop and at the concert hall for $19.76 plus tax and/or shipping.
H2 Post-Concert Reception for Young Professionals
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10pm
Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar, 8 Westland Ave., Boston MA
Free entrance with concert ticket
Handel and Haydn’s young professionals group, H2, offers a post-concert reception to Friday night concert-goers, where young professionals can meet musicians and staff, and network with fellow arts enthusiasts. H2 season sponsor: Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar.
ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
The Handel and Haydn Society is a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra that is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the time in which the music was composed. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s The Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). The Society today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission “to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.” The Society is widely known through its local subscription concerts, tours, concert broadcasts on National Public Radio, and recordings. The Society’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2002 Grammy Award and two of its CDs, All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. In September 2010, Handel and Haydn released its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the CORO label, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor – the first in a series of recordings leading to the Society’s Bicentennial in 2015. The 2010-2011 Season marks the 25th Anniversary of Handel and Haydn’s award-winning Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program that brings music education, vocal training and performance opportunities to more than 10,000 students annually in Greater Boston and beyond.
The Handel and Haydn Society is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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