Connoisseur Series 2022

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Sweet Harmony

January 21-24 2022

Bach greatly admired the music of his forebears and was often criticized for his traditionalist approach to composition. Nevertheless, we find in Bach’s music many works that were forward-looking and innovative, favoring the rococo and galant styles that were taking hold throughout Europe. The Missa in A Major is a curious amalgam of the traditional and contemporary, featuring a pair of a relatively “new” instrument on the scene, the flauto traverso. Bach’s explorations into the most up-do-date styles of his era came to monumental fruition in his last works, including “The Musical Offering,” a lofty zenith of Bach’s practically scientific application of musical forms that culminates in his most superbly crafted Trio SonataHandel’s Water Music Suite that features the baroque flute is paired with his charming Concerto Grosso in G Major, another work that brings the sweet-toned Baroque flute front and center. Handel's mellifluous setting of Look Down, Harmonious Saint, a paean to harmony by the 18th-century Irish author and poet, Newburgh Hamilton, praises music’s ability to charm the soul, delight the ear, give us hope, and conquer fear.

George Frideric Handel
Water Music Suite in G Major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Missa in A Major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Trio Sonata from "The Musical Offering"

George Frideric Handel
Look Down, Harmonious Saint

George Frideric Handel
Concerto Grosso in G Major, Opus 3 No. 3


Passion & Joy

March 25-28 2022

This program of soulful and moving compositions by four of the German Baroque’s most masterful composers begins with a 10-part setting of “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by Johann Pachelbel. Its seven movements unfold the deep richness of the composer’s reflections on the Easter text that Bach would later use for one of his earliest cantatas. And from the pen of one of Bach’s favorite composers, Dieterich Buxtehude, comes a bittersweet setting of the famous Eastertide chorale, “Jesu, meine Freude,” that would have been a great inspiration to Bach when he composed his own motet setting of the same chorale several decades later. One of Bach’s earliest surviving cantatas, “Der Herr denket an uns” (“The Lord is mindful of us”) is a joyful celebration of gratitude and blessedness that was probably composed to celebrate the wedding of the minister who had married Bach and his wife, Maria Barbara, about a year earlier. The easy-going simplicity of this setting of the Old Testament’s Psalm 115 is filled with graceful ebullience that conceals the florid intricacy of Bach’s genius. The Passion-themed orbit of this program finds its greatest resonance in a truly hypnotic and almost trance-inducing setting of the Saint Matthew Passion by Johann Theile. From its first movement to its last, Theile’s music mesmerizes the listener and grippingly captivates that attention until the final note. ABS performed this unique composition once before, and it has been remembered by those who heard it with crystal-clear realism.

Johann Theile
Saint Matthew Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach
Der Herr denket an uns, Cantata 196

Johann Pachelbel
Christ lag in Todesbanden

Dieterich Buxtehude
Jesu, meine Freude


Pious & Profane

April 29 - May 2 2022

The Early Baroque era of Italian music brought a zenith of dramatic and technical display in the hands of new generations of virtuoso singers and instrumentalists. Composers and performers united in their course of revealing new depths of expression, color, and theatrical effects through music that is immediately thrilling and enthralling. From the delicate and spatial interplay of three violins Marini’s Sonata in Ecco to the full-throated and lovelorn dramatic vocal works of Monteverdi — including two epic narratives from his Madrigals of Love and War — this is a program that moves from mystery to magic and from the sacred to the secular. Headliner works are Monteverdi’s Magnificat a 6 from the Vespers of 1610 and the same composer’s powerfully arresting setting of Torquato Tasso’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. An ensemble of evocative ABS artists brings this passionate music to light in a program featuring vocal and violinistic fireworks. 

Giovanni Gabrieli
Sonata XXI con tre violini

Claudio Monteverdi
Magnificat a 6 from Vespers of 1610 & Beatus vir

Biagio Marini
Sonata in Ecco con tre violini from Opus 8

Claudio Monteverdi
Altri canti di Marte (from Madrigals of Love)
Hor che’l ciel e la terra e 'l vento tace (from Madrigals of War)

Giovanni Legrenzi
La rossetta. Sonata a 3, Opus 8

Isabella Leonarda
Sonata Duodecima

Claudio Monteverdi
Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda


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