One of the finest period-instrument ensembles today, The English Concert returns to Caramoor following their 2021 all-Vivaldi performance, to offer the remaining concerti from L’estro Armonico along with works by Dall’Abacco, Geminiani, and others. Led from the harpsichord by Harry Bicket, this Britain-based ensemble has earned a reputation for combining urgency, passion, and fire with precision, delicacy, and beauty.
Antonio Vivaldi: L’estro Armonico Concerto no 5
Antonio Vivaldi: L’estro Armonico Concerto no 6
Antonio Vivaldi: L’estro Armonico Concerto no 7
Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco: Concerto a piu instrumenti in D Op 5, no 6
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer: Concerto Armonici for 4 violins in E flat no 6
Giovanni Mossi: Concerto for 4 violins
Antonio Vivaldi: L’estro Armonico Concerto no 4
Francesco Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D Minor ‘La Follia’ after Corelli
The English Concert is an outstanding orchestra: exceptional, in the world-renowned quality, ambition, and variety of its live and recorded output; unique, in the zeal of its players for working and performing together; unwavering, in its desire to connect with its audience throughout the world.
Under the artistic direction of Harry Bicket and principal guest Kristian Bezuidenhout, The English Concert has earned a reputation for combining urgency, passion, and fire with precision, delicacy and beauty.
The artistic partners that the English Concert collaborates with reflect and enhance its pursuit for new ways to bring our music to life. Joyce DiDonato, Dame Sarah Connolly, Iestyn Davies, Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock, Dominic Dromgoole, Tom Morris, and many more have not only brought their extraordinary skills to individual projects but continue to help the ensemble to shape the way it performs.
One cornerstone of the orchestra’s annual cycle is its international Handel Opera tour. Blossoming from an ongoing relationship with Carnegie Hall, the itinerary now regularly takes in the Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Elbphilharmonie and Barbican Hall, and the roster of great halls continues to grow. Meanwhile, its regular London series allows the English Concert to explore a radically different path, presenting programs to its home audience that challenge and inspire.
In 2023, The English Concert launched their ambitious Handel for All project, which aims to film and make freely available all of Handel’s works online.