Monday, 30 March 2020

Academy of Ancient Music's digital concert series

Handel's Heroines - Mary Bevan, Jennifer France, Laurence Cummings, Academy of Ancient Music
Handel's Heroines - Mary Bevan, Jennifer France, Laurence Cummings, Academy of Ancient Music
For the duration of the current crisis, the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has launched its new digital offering Streaming Sunday Series, with HD videos of recent concerts available free on-line. The concerts are streamed at 3pm on Sundays and are available on AAM's YouTube channel

Released so far has been Handel's Heroines with sopranos Mary Bevan and Jennifer France, and the AAM directed by Laurence Cummings in Handel, recorded live at Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall on 12 March 2020 (particularly for those who had hoped to see the programme at this year's London Handel Festival), and Sound the Trumpet with trumpeter David Blackadder and soprano Soraya Mafi, with the AAM directed by Chad Kelly in Purcell, Handel, Bach and Torelli, recorded live at Leeds Town Hall on 16 March 2020.

To come, we have the following to look forward to:

5 April 2020 - The Art of the Lute – with Thomas Dunford
The virtuosic Thomas Dunford joins the Academy of Ancient Music to showcase the lute, performing and directing works by Vivaldi, Bach and Buxtehude [see my review]
Recorded live at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, 20 February 2020.

12 April 2020 - Handel’s Messiah – with soloists from VOCES8
The Academy of Ancient Music presents Handel's Messiah, joined by VOCES8, Apollo5 and the choir of the VOCES8 Foundation under the direction of Barnaby Smith.
Recorded live at the Chapel of Trinity College Cambridge, 3 December 2019.

19 April 2020 - Bach & Haydn – with Viktoria Mullova and James Hall
Violinist Viktoria Mullova and countertenor James Hall join Richard Egarr the Academy of Ancient Music for a concert of Bach, Haydn and Grimani.
Recorded live at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, 20 November 2019.

26 April 2020 - The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart's terrific comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro in a concert performance by Richard Egarr, the Academy of Ancient Music and cast including Roberto Lorenzi as Figaro, Ellie Laugharne as Susanna, Toby Girling as Count Almaviva, Simona Mihai as the Countess, Wallis Giunta as Cherubino, and Rowan Pierce as Barbarina [see my review of the stage performance at The Grange Festival]
Recorded live at London’s Barbican Hall, 4 July 2019, in partnership with The Grange Festival.

3 May 2020 - Beethoven and Witt – with Chen Reiss
Chen Reiss and the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Christoph Altstaedt present Beethoven's Creatures of Prometheus overture, Symphony No. 4, and stunning concert arias for soprano, in a programme which also includes a symphony by Beethoven’s contemporary, Frederich Witt.
Recorded live at the Germanisches National Museum in Nuremberg, 4 March 2020.

Full details from AAM's YouTube channel.

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