MISSA IN B MINOR, BACH
GEMMA SUMMERFIELD, soprano, FFLUR WYN, soprano, ANNA HARVEY, mezzo soprano, NICHOLAS PRITCHARD, tenor, MATTHEW BROOK, bass-baritone, COLLEGIUM MUSICALE CHOIR, CORELLI BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor
Wednesday, 21 February at 8:30pm
Venue: SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH
Referred as “A milestone in the History of Music”, by the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. Conceived over a period of more than 20 years, the Missa in B minor was completed a year before Bach’s death in 1750.Book NowTicket prices: $90, $60, $40
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685 – 1750)
• Missa in B minor, BWV 232
GEMMA SUMMERFIELD, Soprano
British soprano Gemma Summerfield was winner of both First Prize and the Song Prize at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards as well as the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. A graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School, the Georg Solti Accademia and the Verbier Festival Academy, she is also a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (and a recipient of their Silver Medal) and a Classical Opera Emerging Artist.
Operatic roles include Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (Royal College of Music International Opera School); Ginevra Ariodante (RCM / London Handel Festival); Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, First Lady Die Zauberflöte and La Chauve-Souris/Une Pastourelle L’enfant et les sortilèges (all RCM); Berenice Il Vologeso (Classical Opera at the Cadogan Hall); and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Verbier Festival Academy and Euphonia).
Engagements in the 2017-18 season include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne); Pianomania concert at Cadogan Hall and Bach Magnificat, B Minor Mass and St John Passion (all for Al Bustan Festival).
Highlights of the 2016-17 season included Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Bury Court Opera; Barmherzigkeit in Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, Mozart’s Grabmusik and Hyacinthus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus (all for Classical Opera); and a concert with Classical Opera at the Wigmore Hall.
An active recitalist, Summerfield’s recent appearances include recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, Cambridge Summer Music and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Solo oratorio performances include Fauré’s Messe Basse in Paris; Orff’s Carmina Burana (Glasgow City Halls); Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Holy Trinity, Sloane Square); Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (RCM); and Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and Christmas Cantata (Dunkeld Cathedral).
Summerfield has taken part in masterclasses with Barbara Frittoli, Leo Nucci, Richard Bonynge, Sarah Connolly, Dame Felicity Palmer; Edith Wiens; Susan Bullock; Patricia MacMahon; Joan Rodgers; and renowned accompanists Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles Jonathan Papp and Anne le Bozec.
FFLUR WYN, Soprano
Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is quickly establishing herself as one of the country’s foremost young singers on the operatic and concert platform. She was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
Some of her most notable concert performances include Handel Jephtha (Cappella Amsterdam); Haydn Harmoniemesse, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Handel Messiah (Royal Northern Sinfonia); Haydn Creation (The Gabrieli Consort); Handel Messiah (The English Concert); Mozart Exsultate Jubilate (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The European Union Chamber Orchestra); and Mozart Mass in C minor (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra).
Some operatic highlights include Jemmy Guillaume Tell, Dorinda Orlando, Iphis Jephtha and Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (WNO); Pamina The Magic Flute and the title role in Lakmé (Opera Holland Park).
Recent and future performances include the role of Fire/Nightingale/Princess L’enfant et les Sortileges, Trio Soprano Trouble in Tahiti, and Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for Opera North; Celia Lucio Silla for Buxton Opera; the title role in Handel’s Theodora with the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the CBSO; Fauré Requiem with BBCNOW; and a revival of her critically acclaimed performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Opera Holland Park.
ANNA HARVEY, Mezzo soprano
British mezzo Anna Harvey’s operatic engagements in the 2017/18 season include Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and cover Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Welsh National Opera, where she is an Associate Artist and recipient of the Chris Ball Bursary, and Ramiro La finta giardiniera at the Ryedale Festival. In concert, she appears with ensembles including The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at Al Bustan Festival.
Last season’s engagements included house debuts at Theater Chemnitz (Goffredo Rinaldo), the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Groom/Theater-gardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu, Kay Die Schneekönigin), Landestheater Altenburg (Mayor’s Wife Jenůfa, Gold) and Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome). She appeared at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, recorded a disc with Jonathan Cohen for Hyperion, performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall and took part in the Verbier Festival Academy in both the opera and Lied/art song categories as well as in the main festival’s Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Anna studied on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, graduating with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship. She is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize in 2015 and a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera in 2014. At the Royal Academy of Music she was awarded the English and Russian Song Prizes and the Fordyce and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarships.
NICK PRITCHARD, Tenor
Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School.
Concert highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion under Raphaël Pichon.
Operatic roles have included Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, and Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera.
Recent and future engagements include Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Pisander Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera House, Ferrando Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Henry Crawford Mansfield Park for The Grange Festival, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Adrien Perruchon, Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall, Bach’s St John Passion with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt (arias), Polyphony and the OAE under Stephen Layton (Evangelist), and in New York with the Choir of New College, Oxford.
MATTHEW BROOK, Bass-Baritone
Matthew Brook has appeared widely as a soloist, and has worked extensively with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, Harry Christophers, Christophe Rousset, Paul McCreesh and Sir Mark Elder, and many ensembles including the Philharmonia, LSO, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the RPO, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort & Players, the Sixteen, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Orchestre National de Lille.
Matthew’s most recent recordings include Handel’s Esther, all with the Dunedin Consort for Linn Records; and Il Re di Scozia in Handel’s Ariodante with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis for EMI/Virgin.
Recent and future highlights include Haydn’s Creation with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat and Brahms’ Triumphlied with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Il Re di Scozia Ariodante with the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Mozart’s Requiem with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, a tour of Bach cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and sings Herod and Father in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis.
COLLEGIUM MUSICALE CHOIR
Estonian chamber choir Collegium Musicale was founded by conductor Endrik Üksvärav in October 2010. The repertoire extends from renaissance to contemporary music. The special place in the repertoire belongs to the Estonian composers: Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve, Tõnu Kõrvits, Mirjam Tally, Pärt Uusberg etc. The aim is to offer high level musical emotions and be the ambassadors of Estonian music.
The choir has co-operated with different orchestras and ensembles – Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Corelli Consort, Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta etc. and conductors including Tõnu Kaljuste, Andres Mustonen, Kaspars Putninš (LT), Aapo Häkkinen (FIN), Simon Carrington (UK), Jos van Veldhoven (Holland), Darrel Ang (Singapur/FRA), Mihhail Gerts etc.
Collegium Musicale has had concert tours in Italy (Rome, Arezzo, Gorizia etc.), France, Russia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Czech, Malta, Netherlands and Japan. In Japan Estonian composers Erkki-Sven Tüür and Arvo Pärt participated in the choir’s concert in Tokyo. In 2016/2017 the choir had 54 concerts and 23 of them took place outside of Estonia. In 2017 one of the highlights was Lera Auerbach “72 Angels” Estonian premier with Rascher Saxophone Quartet.
Estonian Choral Association has announced Collegium Musicale twice as the Choir of the Year – 2011 and 2014.
CORELLI BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Corelli Baroque Orchestra (CBO), the period-instrument baroque orchestra from Estonia, performed for the first time in December 2006. The artistic director of the orchestra is Mail Sildos who plays baroque violin herself. CBO is the logical continuation to baroque ensemble Corelli Consort (started in 1992) and concert agency Corelli Music (active since 2004). The tradition of period-instrument baroque orchestra in Estonia has been going on for nearly thirty years and today Estonia has a huge privilege to own the full orchestra of professional musicians who play on authentic baroque instruments.
Since its first concert, CBO has received warm reception from both audience and critics who have especially marked the orchestra’s gallant and tasteful phrasing, professionalism and joy of playing together. CBO has performed numerous brilliant classical large-scale works: Magnificat, St. John’s Passion, St. Matthew’s Passion, Christmas Oratorio, motets, cantatas, Orchestra suite nr 3 by J. S. Bach, Messiah, Resurrezione and Water Music by Händel, Gloria, Magnificat, Stabat Mater by Vivaldi, Magnificat and Weinachts-historie by Schütz, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi/Durante, Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo by Haydn, Te Deum, Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Magnificat H 73 and Concerto for strings H 545 by Charpentier, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day by Purcell, Missa Bruxellensis by Biber (Estonian premiere), Concerti grossi and solo concertos for string instrument as well as for baroque bassoon, natrual trumpets, natural horn by Corelli, Vivaldi, Händel, Telemann, Graun, Canon and Gigue by Pachelbel, Ouverture BWV 1070 by J. S. Bach / W. Fr. Bach, solo cantatas and arias for countertenor by Bach, Buxtehude, Händel, Vivaldi etc. CBO has worked with many choirs, including Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and soloists. Concerts have been conducted by Estonian conductors: Risto Joost, Tõnu Kaljuste, Martin Sildos, Endrik Üksvärav, from Holland Daniel Reuss and Teunis van der Zwart, from Finland Anssi Mattila.
There are lots of great musicians in Estonia who have been deeply engaged with early music issues for many years and continued studies in numerous master classes all over the world. The period instruments that are necessary to work in baroque orchestra have been mostly acquired by musicians’ themselves and made by Estonian musical instrument makers such as Aaro Altpere, Taavi-Mats Utt, Peeter Talve, etc., or by foreign masters. All orchestra members are active in smaller ensembles that are dedicated to performing early music, both in Estonia (Corelli Consort, Cantores Vagantes, Rondellus, Tallinn Baroque, Estonian Baroque Soloists, Kiili Early Music Ensemble, etc.) and also in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and elsewhere, as guest musicians.