Musick for a While
“Musick for a while, shall all your cares beguile…”
Among one of Henry Purcell’s most popular and best remembered pieces; ‘Musick for a While’ is arresting, compelling and enduring. He turns to a mainstay of the baroque era: basso ostinato or “stubborn bass,” what he called a ground, which reverberates through the aria. Truly, his treatment of this sorrowful piece was masterful; set to be a standout highlight of the evening.
AAM Leader Bojan Cicic and Principal Oboe Leo Duarte will be joined by scintillating countertenor James Hall – fresh from his recent Glyndebourne debut. Praised for his poised stillness and light, clean tone, concertgoers will be treated by his playful dexterity throughout this varied repertoire.
Other programme highlights include Anna Amalia’s Sonata in F Major. A student of Johann Philipp Kirnberger – who was an important student of JS Bach – you can undoubtedly hear Bach’s influence in her work. She is credited with helping to preserve and revive the music of JS Bach; but unfortunately, very few of her own works survive – partially due to her own destruction of many of her works from self-imposed perfectionism.
“The young counter-tenor James Hall sang throughout with great beauty of tone and a commitment to word and line which bodes well for his career, and I look forward to hearing him in many other roles.” ROBERT HUGILL
“James Hall, a voice of velvet power that had projection but with easy, almost laid-back charm and purity of tone…” CATHOLIC HERALD