Scholl and the Academy of Ancient Music

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2013/14

Wednesday 29th January

Town Hall

Academy of Ancient Music

Andreas Scholl countertenor/director

Klara Ek soprano

Vivaldi Stabat Mater 20’
van Wassenaer Concerto Armonico No 2 10’
Vivaldi Salve Regina 16
van Wassenaer Concerto Armonico No 3 9’
Pergolesi Stabat Mater 41’

‘The most important thing is the message of the music’ says Andreas Scholl. ‘Without soul and spirit, the music just doesn’t sound.’ Town Hall audiences already know just how intensely Germany’s leading countertenor lives those words; this concert finds him both directing the Academy of Ancient Music in two dazzling instrumental concertos – and letting his voice and spirit soar in three of the eighteenth century’s most expressive sacred masterpieces.

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Tue 26 Oct 7:30pm at Town Hall, Birmingham

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr director/harpsichord

J S Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos 96’

Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F Major, BWV1046
Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B Flat Major, BWV1051
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F Major, BWV1047
Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D Major, BWV1050
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major, BWV1048
Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G Major, BWV1049

Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos are overflowing with music of supreme energy, tunefulness, good humour and invention. For nearly forty years the Academy of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of Baroque performance, playing ‘always with a scholar’s attention to accuracy and a rock musician’s joyous zeal’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“The Brandenburg Concertos were so named for an ungrateful Marquis who didn’t particularly care for them. Perhaps the minor royal was having a bad day because each of these jewels has something exceptional to offer the listener.”

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb International:

… “No 2 in F major closed the first half in fine style. The arrangement of the first movement reminded me of traditional jazz practice, the four soloists (trumpet, violin, recorder and oboe) ‘breaking’ from the tutti. And each individual contribution from the quartet was outstanding. Is there a better baroque trumpet player than David Blackadder? He handled, or should that be tongued, the high and difficult line with apparent ease; his clarity of tone, whether sustained or for the briefest of quavers, had the audience on the edge of their seats. ” …

Mozart’s Requiem

Friday 16 Apr 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr soloist/director
Katharine Fuge soprano
Barbara Kozelj mezzo soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Christopher Purves bass

Mozart Overture, Don Giovanni 5’
Piano Concerto No 25 28’
Requiem 50’

The circumstances under which Mozart’s Requiem was composed have all the elements of Gothic fantasy. Commissioned by a mysterious stranger, it was still being written by Mozart on his deathbed and is one of his most iconic works. The Academy of Ancient Music brings a special dark hue to this music, using the original instruments of Mozart’s own time.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert: “If you’ve ever thought about introducing a friend or family member to the wonders of classical music, then this could be the concert to take them to. It’s a real taste of the immensely diverse works that Mozart produced.”

 Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:-

(Think we were at different concerts by that review?! Or maybe it depended on where you were sat. Found it beautiful; – the sound of the olde piano lush and warm, the singers powerful, and just twenty-one chorus singers offered every bit as much impact as the two thousand who had attended the Singalong Mozart Requiem with the CBSO last year.)