Harpsichord Recital by Bridget Cunningham

Harpsichord Recital by Bridget Cunningham

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
19 Nov 2021
  • Music
Enjoy a recital of music from Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites HWV 426-433 and his ouverture and operatic arrangements.

19:00, 18:00 doors for delegates & 18:30 doors for general public | £15, £10 concessions, including Handel Institute conference delegates | There will be a paid bar serving drinks

Join harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham, the artistic director of London Early Opera, to see her perform a recital of music taken from Handel’s magnificent Eight Great Harpsichord Suites and the aria and ouverture arrangements including keyboard music from Muzio Scevola HWV 13.

Cunningham displays virtuosity, wonderful embellishments and reveals the song-like beauty of the harpsichord and champions the view that Handel’s exquisite keyboard writing demands more recognition as he was widely admired as a harpsichordist and organist throughout his lifetime and composed, taught, improvised, arranged and directed the opera from the harpsichord. Handel’s keyboard writing reflects his mastery of the keyboard, passion for the voice and rich glorious orchestral colours all of which feature strongly  in Cunningham’s performances.

Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist and conductor who trained at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Fellowship. She is launching a new album with Signum Classics of Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites with the Chaconne in G and world premiere recordings of overture and aria arrangements to celebrate last year’s 300th anniversary of these monumental Suites de Pieces pour le Clavecin.

Programme

Prelude from Suite No. 1 in A major HWV 426

Allegro from Suite No. 4 in E minor  HWV 429

Ouverture from Muzio Scevola  HWV 13

Pupille sdegnose, sareste pietose from Muzio Scevola HWV 4824

Come, se ti vedrò, cara, partir potrò?  from Muzio Scevola HWV 4825   

Allemande, Courante and the Air and Variations from Suite No. 3 in D minor HWV 428

Sventurato godi o core abbandonato from Floridante HWV 4822

Sarabande, Gigue and Passacaille from Suite No. 7 in G minor HWV 432

Air and Variations from Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 430