Richard Egarr biography

BIOGRAPHY

“WHEN I HEARD THAT ENGLAND’S ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC HAD HIRED KEYBOARDIST AND CONDUCTOR RICHARD EGARR, I WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED… I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR A CONDUCTOR LIKE EGARR TO COME ALONG FOR SOME TIME… HE’S ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND DELIGHTFUL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIME.”

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RICHARD EGARR: Concert program and notes

PROGRAM NOTES

The Supreme Lesson -Bach’s Wohltemperirte Clavier…1722

clip_image002The Well-tempered Clavier, Or Preludes, and Fugues through all the Tones and Semi-tones, both with the major third or Ut, Re, Mi, and with the minor third or Re, Mi, Fa. For the use and practice of young musicians who desire to learn, as well as for the particular diversion of those who are already skilled in this study; made and composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kapellmeister for the time being to the Duke of Anhalt-Cöthen and director of his chamber music, Anno Domini 1722.

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Newsletter 6 November 2008

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Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

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HARPSICHORDIST RICHARD EGARR PERFORMS J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK I

Houston Early Music will present internationally-renowned harpsichordist Richard Egarr in a performance of Book I of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier using what is now widely believed to be the composer’s own tuning system.  While there is still vigorous debate as to what Bach actually meant by “well tempered,” Egarr believes  the master indicated the tuning he preferred in what would appear at first glance to be a decorative figure at the top of the title page. Using this system Egarr takes his audiences with him on a journey through the monumental collection – from the calm harmonic purity of the first prelude to the final craggy, chromatically charged fugue. 

The performance will be 7:30PM, Tuesday, November 11 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.  Egarr will give a preconcert talk at 6:45PM.

Egarr, acclaimed Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has worked with all types of keyboards and performed repertoire ranging from fifteenth-century organ works through Dussek and Chopin on early piano to Berg and Maxwell Davies on modern piano. He is in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Dubbed “the Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr is noted for his close study and quest for historical authenticity.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Harpsichord used in this performance – Flemish double based on an instrument by Ruckers (early 17th century) by Gerald Self of San Antonio.

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Tue., Nov. 11, 2008, 7:30PM
RICHARD EGARR, Harpsichord
J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED KLAVIER, BOOK 1
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5200 Fannin

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Dubbed “The Bernstein of early music” (NPR) for his extraordinary charisma and outstanding ability to communicate with his audience, Egarr will perform from J.S. Bach’s monumental collection of preludes and fugues.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

The full season schedule is at http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/front/season 

Contact

Houston Early Music
P.O. Box 271193
Houston TX 77277-1193
Phone 713-432-1744
email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org
Web http://www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org

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Concert: MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

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JOHN HOLLOWAY, VIOLIN JAAP TER LINDEN, CELLO LARS ULRIK MORTENSEN, HARPSICHORD

MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008 St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm

Program Notes and other information

Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11. The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata. The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe.

John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance. Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden.

As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world.

Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Concert: MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

JOHN HOLLOWAY, VIOLIN JAAP TER LINDEN, CELLO LARS ULRIK MORTENSEN, HARPSICHORD

MADCAP, RED PRIEST AND ANGEL

8:00 pm, Fri., Apr. 11, 2008
St. Philip Presbyterian Church 4807 San Felipe
Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00 pm

Baroque violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of the greatest names on the international early music scene, will return to Houston for a performance sponsored by Houston Early Music on April 11.  The trio will perform a French/Italian-themed program titled Madcap, Red Priest and Angel which features violin sonatas by Corelli, Veracini (Madcap) and Leclair (said to have played like an angel), a Vivaldi (Red Priest) cello sonata and a Couperin harpsichord sonata.  The performance will be at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Filipe.

John Holloway is one of the pioneers of the early music movement. His extensive work as leader of the London Classical Players and his years with noted early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, and the Freiburger Barockorchester) established him as a major voice in authentic performance.  Holloway is currently Professor of Violin (modern and baroque) and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden.

As one of the first early music specialists, Jaap ter Linden witnessed the beginnings of many of the oldest and finest baroque ensembles; he co-founded of Musica da Camera and served as principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.  He is highly sought as a soloist and conductor for both modern and period-instrument ensembles around the world.

Noted Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen has a career as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North and South America and Japan. He appears regularly with soprano Emma Kirkby.  His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations won him a Diapason d’Or. He is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, and appears regularly directing opera at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

At 7:00PM, Dr. Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University will give a lecture on the evening’s program.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744. 

Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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