Roderick Williams: Telemann, Bach, Handel

January 20, 2021, 10:00 pm

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Detail of Apollo and Daphne (~1625) by Bernini (Photo: Galleria Borghese, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Baritone Roderick Williams is featured as soloist and as director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in sacred cantatas by Bach and Telemann. Soprano Rowan Pierce joins Mr. Williams and the OAE for the secular cantata Apollo e Dafne, Handel’s poignant and seductive setting of passion and desire followed by regret and penitence from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert October 20, 2020, in London’s Royal Festival Hall. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Inside Out series, performers are on stage in otherwise empty venues.

Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


George Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Die Stille Nacht (Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus” TWV 1: 364

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Ich habe genug, BWV 82

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Roderick Williams, baritone / director
Rowan Pierce, soprano