Concerts and projects
Some Unfamiliar Preludes and Fugues
My video entitled “Some Unfamiliar Preludes and Fugues” was shown Friday, August 6 as part of the upcoming virtual meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America. The program consisted of pieces by Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch, Sebastián de Albero, and Mark Janello. To my knowledge, the Hurlebusch has not been recorded before, and Mark’s piece, Prelude & Counterpoint No. 2, was a world premiere.
Brooklyn Baroque at St. Francis College, October 18 at 12:30 PM
Our first live concert of the season will take place at St. Francis College (180 Remsen St.) in Brooklyn Heights as part of their series, Concerts at Half-Past Twelve. David Bakamjian and I will be presenting old favorites by Bach, Vivaldi, Boismortier, and Soler. The concert is free and open to the public, but masks and proof of vaccination will be required. Stay tuned for more concerts coming soon!
Brooklyn Baroque debuted in the fall of 2000, when cellist David Bakamjian joined the long-standing duo of Baroque flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky. Remaining core members Pechefsky and Bakamjian now collaborate with the finest early-music specialists in the New York area. Some artists they have worked with recently are sopranos Linda Lee Jones and Marguerite Krull, tenor Philip Anderson, bass-baritones Jonathan Woody and Michael Maliakel, recorder players Martin Bernstein and Gregory Bynum, violinists Jeremy Rhizor, Theresa Salomon, and Jude Ziliak, flutist Taya König-Tarasevich, oboist Sarah Davol, and the New York Classical Quartet. The ensemble is in residence at the 1765 Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house.
Applause for the Annual Holiday Concert at Morris-Jumel Mansion
For this concert Brooklyn Baroque was joined by soprano Madeline Healey, violinist Jude Ziliak, and regular guest artist Gregory Bynum, recorder.
Barbara Strozzi Sampler
From a performance at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY, of the fascinating 17th-century Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi, with sopranos Linda Lee Jones and Marguerite Krull.
Brooklyn Baroque’s Cellist David Bakamjian
Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber player, and recording artist. He has played at New York’s premier concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on National Public Radio and WQXR. On baroque cello, he performs with a number of period instrument ensembles in the New York area, including the American Classical Orchestra, Early Music New York, Concert Royal, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble. Mr. Bakamjian has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras on both baroque and modern cello, and has served as principal cellist for many others. With the Casa Verde Trio, Mr. Bakamjian completed six critically-acclaimed national tours as well as a month-long tour of China. He co-wrote and is featured in Evocations of Armenia, a program for solo cello and spoken word specially conceived for the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In August 2011 he and Rebecca Pechefsky of Brooklyn Baroque performed at the Villa Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy. He taught cello and chamber music at Lehigh University for eight years and is the director of the Princeton Play Week chamber music workshops and of the Summer String-In, where he performs with the Simon String Quartet. David earned his BA at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and his doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied cello with Timothy Eddy and chamber music with Bernard Greenhouse. His newest recording with Brooklyn Baroque is a program of Boismortier sonatas for cello.
Here are some recent videos; for a complete listing visit the Quill Classics channel on Youtube.
François Couperin’s Huitième Ordre
Couperin’s 8th Suite is considered by many to be his finest suite for solo harpsichord. I recorded this video using the superb acoustics at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Special thanks to music director Michael Fontana, as always, for making these recordings possible!
Antonio Soler’s Recently Discovered Sonatas R. 184 & 185
The Morgan Library & Museum recently acquired a manuscript containing 29 previously unknown sonatas by Antonio Soler. These two are recorded here for the first time. For other Soler sonatas, go to the Quill Classics Soler Playlist:
Mark Janello’s Concerto for Two
With my frequent duet partner and good friend Elaine Funaro for a video of Mark Janello’s sparkling duo, Concerto For Two, which we premiered in Montreal in 2015. Elaine commissioned the work for the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition.
Bach’s Partita No. 5
We recorded Bach’s 5th Partita back in December 2010, but here it is, re-released with hitherto unseen movements. This was recorded at my own Redeemer Glendale Church.
Krebs’s Italian Concerto
Johann Ludwig Krebs’s sparkling concerto in the Italian style, reminiscent of Bach’s Italian Concerto but with Krebs’s own distinctive touches. My video recording might be the first complete recorded performance on harpsichord.
For more Krebs recordings, go to the Quill Classics Krebs Playlist:
Byrd’s Pavan & Galliard
One of William Byrd’s magnificent Pavan and Galliard pairs, recorded on my Flemish muselar after Ruckers, built by Garrick Dolberg. Other recordings of Elizabethan keyboard music can be found on the Quill Classics Elizabethan Keyboard Music Playlist: