Programmes

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT 2017–2019 IN ADDITION TO INDICATED TOURING DATES

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touring 9–21 May 2017 & 12–30 June 2018

Kraus: Suite from Dido & Aeneas
Mozart: Alma grande e nobil core – Basta, vincesti – Bella mia fiamma, addio!
Beethoven: Ah! perfido, Symphony no. 1 in C major

Sophie Karthäuser, soprano
dir. René Jacobs
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 fg, 2 cor, 2 tr, 1 timp, strings 66432, 1 fp
37 performers

René Jacobs & HeBO
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touring 11–17 August 2017

Bach: Suite in D major (BWV 1068)
Vivaldi: Violin Concertos ‘Winter’, ‘Grosso Mogul’ …

dir. Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin
strings 33221, 1 cemb
13 performers

The violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky gyrated like a rock guitarist during his gorgeous rendition of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor, his effortless virtuosity … and his soulful, aching rendition of the Adagio holding the audience spellbound.
-Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

Dmitry Sinkovsky & HeBO
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touring 1–10 January 2018

Telemann: Ouverture burlesque in B flat major (TWV 55:B8),
Cantate oder Trauer-Music eines kunsterfahrenen Canarien-Vogels (TWV 20:37)

Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in D major (BWV 1054),
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51)

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
1 tr, 1 fg, strings 44221, 1 org
18 performers

Carolyn Sampson & HeBO
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touring 20–25 April 2018

Bach: Harpsichord Concertos

Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen, harpsichord
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 violone
7 performers

Kleine Besetzung, maximaler Groove: Die fünf Streicher vom Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, dessen Cembalo spielender Leiter Aapo Häkkinen und der französische Meistercembalist Pierre Hantaï brachten eine überschäumende Energie in die Aula der Göttinger Universität. Mit Präzision, enormer Spielfreude, aber auch ausgefeilter Delikatesse musizierte die aufeinander eingeschworene Gemeinschaft. Und optisch prägnant waren die jungen Finnen überdies: Ein elfenhaftes Wesen umschmeichelte das Cello, während ein mit Piratentuch und Lederhose aufgemachter Bratschist grimmig dreinblickte.
-Georg Pepl, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

A recording of the complete concertos for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach (BWV 1060–1062) will be released by AEOLUS in 2016. They can be combined with other works by the Bach family such as the concertos for three and four harpsichords – to be recorded in 2017.

Pierre Hantaï & Aapo Häkkinen
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touring 1–15 September 2018

Handel: Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

dir. René Jacobs
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touring April–May 2019

Monteverdi

15 performers (singers, players, dancers)

Tero Saarinen Company
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Young Handel in Italy

Julia Lezhneva, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 oboes, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, strings 54321, 1 organ, 1 harpsichord
23 performers

A singer who rivals the young Bartoli in high-octane virtuosity.
-Richard Wigmore, Gramophone

International media have described the 25-year old Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as among ‘few young singers being widely celebrated so early in their careers’ (Independent) and as possessing the voice of ‘angelic beauty’ (New York Times), ‘pure tone’ (Die Welt) and ‘flawless technique’ (The Guardian) while Norman Lebrecht outlined her as ‘heading for the stratosphere’.

Julia Lezhneva & HeBO
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Mare Nostrum – Musica Baltica & Mediterranea

Buxtehude, Geist, Meder, Schmelzer, Cazzati, Monteverdi, Victoria

María Cristina Kiehr / Hana Blažíková, soprano
dir. Aapo Häkkinen
2 violins, 1 viola da gamba, 1 dulcian, 1 lute, 1 harpsichord/organ
7 performers

Monday saw the appearance of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and a programme of music from the late 17th century Düben Collection in Uppsala, including works by Förster, Buxtehude, Ritter, Geist and Meder. This was an extremely impressive concert, with excellent playing and singing and a very well thought out and presented programme.
-Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review

Hansa towns around the Baltic Sea (such as Bremen, Danzig, Stockholm, and Riga) saw an unprecedented flourish of both sacred and secular music in the late 17th century, at a time when other arts had greatly declined. Music was the only art supported by Lutheranism to express the kind of religious fervour found in the Roman Catholic Church. The music of Dietrich Buxtehude’s contemporaries Christian Geist, Kaspar Förster, Christian Ritter, and Johann Valentin Meder remains mostly unpublished. Their music presents a fascinating fusion of Italian vocal style with the mature Germanic instrumental stylus phantasticus. Darkness and light alternate in a magically Nordic manner.

Schmelzer: Sonata VII (1662)

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