Jory Vinikour brings historical keyboards to life in Oct. 16 concert

Program features French, German harpsichords

The concert season at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments opens with a performance by harpsichordist Jory Vinikour on Sunday, October 16. Vinikour, born in the U.S. and active across Europe, will perform music by Bach, Handel, Rameau, and others on French and German harpsichords from the eighteenth century. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

Two harpsichords from the Collection will be featured in this recital. Music by French composers will be performed on a harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder. Music by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel will be performed on a harpsichord made in Hamburg around 1760 by Johann Adolph Hass.

Vinikour will open the program with J.S. Bach’s virtuosic Toccata in D Major, BWV 912, performing on the German harpsichord. He will then play four of Domenico Scarlatti’s compact sonatas: the Sonata in D Major, K. 535; B minor, K 87; D Major, K. 119; and D minor, K. 120. The first half will close with Handel’s Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435, a set of increasingly intricate variations.

The second half of the program turns to France: On the Parisian harpsichord, Vinikour will perform a suite of pieces in F major by Louis Couperin. The concert will conclude with Rameau’s second set of Pièces de Clavecin (harpsichord pieces), written in 1724.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery.
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Published September 23, 2011
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Masaaki Suzuki gives a solo harpsichord recital at the Collection April 26

“Astonishingly beautiful, even glittering, harpsichord playing and sound.”
—BBC Music Magazine

The Yale School of Music presents a solo harpsichord recital by the conductor and keyboardist Masaaki Suzuki on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 5 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

photo by Marco Borggreve

Since joining the Yale faculty in 2009, Suzuki has won over New Haven audiences with his conducting of Yale Schola Cantorum as well as Bach Collegium Japan, the ensemble he founded over twenty years ago. He also performs regularly on both harpsichord and organ. In this recital, he will play music from France, England, and Germany, with compositions by Louis Couperin (the uncle of the better-known François Couperin), William Byrd, Jakob Froberger, Dietrich Buxtehude, and – Suzuki’s specialty – Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program opens with Couperin’s Suite in A minor and Passacaille in C major, followed by Byrd’s Ninth Pavane and Gaillarde, from My Ladye Nevells Booke. Suzuki will then play Froberger’s Partita No. 12 in C major, “Lamento sopra la dolorosa,” and Buxtehude’s Prelude in G minor. He will close the program with two works by Bach: the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853, and the Partita No. 6 in E minor.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances such as this one in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery. Masaaki Suzuki will play two of the Collection’s harpsichords: a Flemish instrument made by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp around 1640, and an “expressive double” made in Paris by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder around 1740 (pictured at right).

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Published April 5, 2011
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Harpsichordist Adam Pearl to make his New Haven debut at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments November 7

Pearl will play the newly restored single-manual harpsichord from 1640, Antwerp

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned harpsichordist Adam Pearl in the opening concert of the season on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 3 pm. Pearl, who has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for his “virtuosity and daringly original tempo changes that felt fresh and right,” will perform include works by the English virginalists as well as Johann Jakob Froberger and C.P.E. Bach. This New Haven debut will feature a newly restored instrument from the Collection, a single-manual harpsichord built by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp in 1640.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and seniors, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Collection’s website or call 203 432-0825.

About Adam Pearl

An alumnus of the Peabody Conservatory, from which he received the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, Adam Pearl performs regularly in the Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia areas as well as around the country, with ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, Opera Lafayette, the Richmond Symphony, and American Bach Soloists. As the music director for American Opera Theater, Mr. Pearl has conducted performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cavalli’s La Calisto, Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. His recording of Handel with Tempesta di Mare and Julianne Baird on the Chandos label was released in 2007. Mr. Pearl was one of five harpsichordists invited to perform and record the complete Bach harpsichord concertos on antique instruments for Plectra Music. In 2004 he won third prize at the prestigious international harpsichord competition in Brugge, Belgium.

Published October 20, 2010
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Florilegium opens the concert season at the Collection of Musical Instruments

baroque_fluteThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will open its 2009-10 concert season on Sunday, October 18 at 3 pm. The acclaimed British ensemble Florilegium will be represented by flutist Ashley Solomon and harpsichordist Terence Charlston. The program, entitled “Father, Son, and Godfather,” features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

Tickets to the performance are $20, $15 for Yale staff and senior citizens, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158. MORE

Published September 30, 2009
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“Madcap, Red Priest, and Angel” offers Baroque program at the Collection of Musical Instruments

With John Holloway, violin; Jaap ter Linden, cello; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord

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The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents “Madcap, Red Priest, and Angel,” the concluding concert in the 2008-09 Collection series, on Sunday, February 22 at 3:00 pm.  The program offers a selection of works by Leclair, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Veracini, performed by the trio of John Holloway, violin; Jaap ter Linden, cello; and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord.

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students with ID. Tickets are available at music.yale.edu, at the School of Music Box Office in the lobby of Sprague Hall, or by calling 203 432-4158. After noon on the Friday before the concert, any tickets not yet sold may be reserved by calling the Collection  at 203 432-0825.

John Holloway has been a pioneer of the Early Music movement in Britain. In 1975 he founded the ensemble L’Ecole d’Orphée. He won a Gramophone Award in 1991 for his recording of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas. Holloway has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Guest Professor at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. He is on the faculty of the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany, and is Music Director of New Trinity Baroque, a period instrument ensemble and orchestra based in Atlanta.

Jaap ter Linden, who performs on both viola da gamba and Baroque cello, was co-founder of Musica da Camera. He has been the principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He founded and directs the Mozart Akademie and is a guest director and soloist with the Arion Ensemble. He has led the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque, and Amsterdam Bachsoloists. He has made award-winning recordings for Harmonia Mundi, Archiv, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, and others, and has conducted operas at the Städtische Bühne Münster and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

After completing studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen studied with Trevor Pinnock. He has been a member of London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90. He has recorded extensively on the Archiv, Harmonia Mundi, and Da Capo labels, and his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Kontrapunkt won the Diapason d’Or. As a conductor, Mr. Mortensen frequently leads the Royal Opera orchestra in Copenhagen and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of Concerto Copenhagen and has taught at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.

Published February 25, 2009
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