We’ve been very busy designing and redesigning the equivalent of two or three concert seasons over the last six months as we’ve created all kinds of scenarios to bring music to you during this bridge year before returning to concert halls down the road. But ever-changing circumstances often took us back to the drawing board.
Now, we have settled on our plan for the first half of 2021. In collaboration with some stunning venues—including San Francisco’s Palace Hotel and Grace Cathedral, Calistoga’s Castello di Amorosa winery, and Burlingame’s Kohl Mansion—we are in the process of creating three wonderful video concerts featuring some of the ABS artists that you know and love.
We're very excited about these films that will be forthcoming in March, April, and May. We will have the same crew that made our Messiah film look and sound so wonderful: audio engineer Chris Landen and videographer Eddie Frank will be behind the scenes. And we’ve chosen great repertoire that will bring the essence of our musicians’ talents to the screen.
A compilation of Bach's great concertos for solo violin, a stunning violin concerto by Vivaldi along with his joyful concerto for three violins, and a transcription for viola, 'cello, and orchestra of one of our favorite arias from the Bach cantatas will bring together some of ABS's brightest new stars.
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in E Minor "Il favorito"
BACH Violin Concerto in E Major
BACH Violin Concerto in A Minor
BACH Aria from Cantata 156
VIVALDI Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major
It's easy to think of the Baroque era as having been defined by the likes of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. But their styles were built upon traditions and trends that had developed during the century before, between 1600 and 1700. For this musical journey through Italy, Germany, France, and England, we've chosen extraordinary and captivating compositions, many off the beaten path, to showcase a stellar team of ABS virtuosi.
CASTELLO Sonata decima quinta per stromenti d'arco
BUONAMENTE Sonata a tre violini
UCCELLINI Sinfonia Nona a tre violini
SCHMELZER Sonata IX
SCHMELZER Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinando III
ERLEBACH Sonata III in A Major
REBEL Le Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully
PURCELL Sonata in F Major "The Golden Sonata"
BLOW Chacony in G
VIOLIN & VIOLA
Following on the heels of their 17th-century predecessors, Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, and Telemann developed a plentiful legacy of brilliantly composed works that have inspired centuries of listeners. Two concertos for three violins, an elegant sonata for viola da gamba and continuo, one of Handel's most beautiful Concerti Grossi, and an exquisite aria from Bach's "Easter Oratorio" transcribed for viola and strings will celebrate the great culmination of the Baroque era.
TELEMANN Concerto for 3 Violins in F Major
BUXTEHUDE Sonata & Gigue in B-flat Major
HANDEL Concerto Grosso in G Minor
BACH Aria from “Easter Oratorio”
BACH Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major
Available for streaming in the first half of 2021.
Exact release dates to be announced.