L’Arpeggiata: Himmelsmusik

January 29, 2019, 9:00 am

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“Himmelsmusik” (“heavenly music”) is a collection of sacred works by German composers of the 17th century, performed by the acclaimed early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata under its director Christina Pluhar. They are joined by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the distinguished Belgian soprano Céline Scheen in a program that includes the music of Johann Christoph Bach (born over 40 years before his relative Johann Sebastian), Heinrich Schütz, and such lesser-known figures as Johann Theile, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Christian Ritter, and Franz Tunder. An instrumental piece by the Verona-born Antonio Bertali highlights the influence of Italian music on German composers of the time.