Telemann, Paris Quartets
June 7, 2018 – 4:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way
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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1757) wrote with facility, clarity, and originality in many national styles and schools of playing. His strong connection to Parisian musicians and their style is evident in the two sets of quartets he wrote (1730, 1737) to perform in that city with the great instrumentalists of his day. On the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death, virtuosi Elizabeth Blumenstock, Stephen Schultz, William Skeen, and Jory Vinikour perform several of Telemann’s remarkable Paris Quartets, whose unique scoring in some ways is a forerunner of the Classical quartet.
The Philharmonia Chamber Players, a select group of musicians from the Bay Area’s own Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, was formed in 2005 for a concert at London’s Royal Opera Covent Garden.
The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has been dedicated to historically-informed performance of Baroque, Classical and early-Romantic music on original instruments since its inception in 1981. Under Music Director Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque has been named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America.
The Orchestra performs an annual subscription series in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is regularly heard on tour in the United States and internationally. The Orchestra has its own professional chorus, the Philharmonia Chorale, directed by Bruce Lamott, and welcomes talented guest artists such as mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, countertenor David Daniels, conductor Jordi Savall, fortepianist Emmanuel Ax, conductor Masaaki Suzuki, and violinist Rachel Podger.
The Orchestra has had numerous successful collaborations with celebrated composers and choreographers. Philharmonia premiered its first commissioned work, a one-act opera by Jake Heggie entitled To Hell and Back, in November 2006. In collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Philharmonia Baroque gave the U.S. premieres of Morris’s highly acclaimed productions of Henry Purcell’s King Arthur and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s ballet-opera Platée.
Among the most-recorded period-instrument orchestras in the United States or in Europe, Philharmonia Baroque has made thirty-four highly praised recordings – including its Gramophone award-winning recording of Handel’s Susanna – for harmonia mundi, Reference Recordings, and BMG.
In 2011, Philharmonia launched its own label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions, with an acclaimed recording of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été and Handel arias featuring mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. The second CD release, Haydn Symphonies No. 104 “London”, No. 88, No. 101 “The Clock,” has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Orchestral Performance.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was founded by harpsichordist and early music pioneer Laurette Goldberg.