March 12, 2017 Sunday @ 3pm
The Four Nations Ensemble
This concert's auction prize: PARIS loft near the Bastille
IMAGES FROM THE PERFORMANCE...
Photo credit: © David Rodgers
Founded in 1986, The Four Nations Ensemble (www.fournations.org)
brings together soloists, frontrunners from several generations, who
are leading exponents of period instrument and vocal performance.
With a core ensemble of soprano, harpsichord or fortepiano, 2
violin, flute, and cello, Four Nations’ repertory runs from the
Renaissance through Viennese Classical masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart
and Beethoven. For four decades, Four Nations has developed a
leading presence on the early music scene in New York and across the
country. Four Nations has performed at major houses and on
prestigious series throughout the United States including The
Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. The Ensemble has participated in
festivals including The Boston Early Music Festival, New York's
Mostly Mozart, Amherst Festival, New Haven's International Festival
of Arts & Ideas, Maverick Concerts in New York, Chautauqua, The
Indiana Early Music Festival, and Brasilseguridade in Rio de
Janeiro. O special interest is Four Nations' resident ensemble
status for both the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA and the
Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT. where the rich holdings of the
two art collections and the brilliant curatorial staffs are an
inspiration for music programming.
Past highlights include a major appearance at The Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition; three week-long residencies with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in which the Ensemble led the orchestra in an examination of Baroque style through well known and rare masterworks for large ensembles; the release of Four Nations' seven CDs to remarkable press notices; the development of special programs for The 92nd Street Y, the Clark Art Institute and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Four Nations' intrigue with the interrelationship of music, art and literature has also led to performances for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for British Art at Yale University, and the Bard Graduate Center.
The Ensemble presents two series of its own design. Hudson River Harvest Concerts, in its 25th year performs in historic homes and great barns, and a New York City series, in its 30th year. The Ensemble was invited to perform at Columbia University’s Maison Française in a series of concerts celebrating Rameau and Leclair and then the dominance of French Culture throughout 17th and 18th century Europe. These concerts were preceded by short lectures and conversations among renowned scholars of French literature, art and society in the old regime. Now the Ensemble had returned to Merkin Hall where the 2017 season will explore facets and inspirations to J. S. Bach.
Bach and The Italians
harpsichord in d minor BWV 1052
J. S. Bach
Su le sponde del Tebro
Sinfonia Recit: Sulle Sponde (1660-1725)
Aria: Contentatevi Recit: Mesto, stanco Aria Largo: Infelici meie
Aria: Dite almeno Recit: All’aura Aria: Tralascia pur di piangere
Concerto for cello and strings in c minor, RV
401 A. Vivaldi
Allegro non molto—Adagio—Allegro ma non molto
Jauchzet Gott in allen
Landen, Cantata BWV 51
Aria: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Recit: Wir beten zu dem Tempel an
Aria: Hochster, mache deine Güte
Chorale: Sie Lob und Preis mit Ehren
This concert's auction prize: PARIS loft near the Bastille (PDF)
Four Nations concerts and programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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