Jonathan Cohen on Bach and Handel

January 20, 2024, 4:00 pm

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Jonathan Cohen in black suit, black shirt, open collar, sitting on wood steps that ascend past frame of image, looking over his right shoulder smiling.
Jonathan Cohen (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Since founding Arcangelo, the period instrument ensemble has regularly collaborated with the leading vocalists and instrumentalists in Early Music. Arcangelo was the first to be named Baroque Ensemble in Residence at Wigmore Hall and has toured to halls and festivals including Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, Barbican Centre, Salzburg Festival, and BBC Proms. Last year, Cohen began a new role as artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society. He joins WFMT to share his ideas on the drama of Handel opera and the genius of Bach’s sacred music. This month, he debuts as guest conductor of Music of the Baroque. Learn more HERE.

Jonathan Cohen introduces his recording of the Brockes-Passion by Handel.


All selections feature Arcangelo led by Jonathan Cohen.

George Frideric Handel: “Furie Terribili” from Rinaldo
Anna Prohaska, soprano

Handel: “Se infelice al mondo vissi” from Agrippina condotta a morire
Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano

Handel: “Felicissima quest’alma”  from Apollo e Dafne
Anna Prohaska, soprano
Alexandra Bellamy, oboe

Handel: “Turn not, O Queen, thy face away” from Esther
Handel: “Sibilar gli angui d’Aletto” from Rinaldo
Christopher Purves, bass-baritone

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Gott soll allein mein Herze leben” from Cantata 169
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Tom Foster, organ

Bach: “Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen” from Ich habe genug, BWV 82
Iestyn Davies, countertenor

Bach: Mass in B minor
11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus
12. Cum sancto spirito
Neal Davies, bass
Ursula Paludan Monberg, horn