Ave Atque Vale: Hail & Farewell

December 27, 2023, 10:00 pm

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As we near the close of 2023, we remember the life and work of some of the classical artists who died this past year, each of whom, in his or her own way, was dedicated to the performance and diffusion of early music: Maurice Bourgue, Grace Bumbry, Ingrid Haebler, Humbert Lucarelli, Thomas Stacy, and Thomas Wikman. We laud them tonight and say Ave atque vale — hail and farewell, with this modest appreciation of their artistry and contributions to the world of early music.

Recordings used in tonight’s program come from WFMT’s Richard and Mary L. Gray Music Library and Oliver Camacho.

This program will be available on demand for two weeks following the broadcast at https://www.wfmt.com/listen/


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Oboe d’Amore Concerto in D, BWV 1053
Thomas Stacy, oboe d’amore; Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon, conductor
Naxos 8.570735

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Violin & “Echo Violin” Concerto in A, R. 552
Elliott Golub, violin; Music of the Baroque Orchestra; Thomas Wikman, conductor
Music of the Baroque MB-112

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Concerto in C for Trumpet, Three Oboes & Bassoon
Humbert Lucarelli, Joe Robinson, Alex Klein, oboes
Thomas Sefcovic, bassoon; Mark Gould, trumpet
New Brandenburg Collegium
MCA Classics MCAD 6402

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
French Suite No. 6 in E, BWV 817
Ingrid Haebler, piano
Philips 456823-2 (2)

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Trio Sonata No. 2 in G minor
Maurice Bourgue, Heinz Holliger, oboes; continuo ensemble
ECM 1671/72 (2)

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Alceste: “Divinités du Styx”
Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Stefan Soltész, conductor
Orfeo C081841A