Welcome to All the Pleasures: St. Cecilia’s Day with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

November 22, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Saint Cecilia plays the organ while she and an angel playing the lute gaze at each other.
Jacques Blanchard (1600–1638): Saint Cecilia

Internationally acclaimed keyboard artist and conductor Kristian Bezuidenhout leads the historically informed early music ensemble Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and vocal soloists in works by Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. The program, celebrating St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, was recorded live in concert in London’s Wigmore Hall on St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22, 2022, and is heard on Baroque&Before this St. Cecilia’s Day, 2023.

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Welcome to all the pleasures (Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day) Z.339
The Gordion Knot Unty’d, Z.597: “Overture”
King Arthur, Z. 628: Third Act “Hornpipe”
The Indian Queen, Z.630: Third Act Tune:”Rondeau”
The Virtuous Wife, Z.611: “Slow Air”
Hosanna to the Highest, Z.187
Chaconne in g minor

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Chandos Anthem No. 6: As Pants the Hart, HWV 251b
Trio Sonata in G, HWV 399

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Who can from joy refrain? (Birthday Ode for the Duke of Gloucester) Z.342

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Kristian Bezuidenhout, director, harpsichord
Grace Davidson & Rachel Redmond, soprano
Alexander Chance, countertenor
Samuel Boden & Hugo Hymas, tenor
David Shipley, bass