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Carolyn Sampson (soprano) with members of The King's Consort

Thursday October 11, 2018 at 19:45
Bunyan Meeting, Bedford
£18, student (18-25) £5, under 18 £2
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  1. Music for a while, from Oedipus Z 583 - Henry Purcell
  2. Not all my torments can your pity move - Henry Purcell
  3. Sonata in G minor for violin and continuo Z780 - Henry Purcell
  4. Hark! the ech'ing air, from The Fairy Queen Z 629 - Henry Purcell
  5. Mi palpita il cor HWV 132b - George Frideric Handel
  6. I attempt from love's sickness to fly, from The Indian Queen Z 630 - Henry Purcell
  7. Trio in A minor Op 37 No 5 - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  8. Tell me, some pitying angel, 'The Blessed Virgin’s expostulation' Z 196 - Henry Purcell
  9. Sonata No 6 in B flat for cello and continuo RV 46 - Antonio Vivaldi
  10. In den angenehmen Büschen HWV209 - George Frideric Handel
  11. Süsser Stille, sanfte quelle HWV205 - George Frideric Handel
  12. Meine Seele hört im Sehen HWV 207 - George Frideric Handel

Music for a while

Bedford Music Club’s 50th season opens with a very special concert. Born in Bedford, Carolyn Sampson is now one of the world’s leading sopranos, a consummate recitalist she is equally at home on the concert and opera stages. She has enjoyed notable succeses in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the US. It is hard to think of a better pairing than with members of The King’s Consort, one of the world’s leading baroque ensembles, directed by Robert King. Their programme brings together some of the best vocal music by Purcell and Handel, with chamber works by Vivaldi, Purcell and the less well-known French composer Boismortier.

After her performance of The Genius of Purcell at Wigmore Hall in October 2017 with The King's Consort, a reviewer wrote in Opera Today:

"Sampson looked and sounded the epitome of elegance and expressiveness. Her smoothly polished soprano is a perfect fit for Purcell’s melodic fecundity. The tone was clear as a bell, the diction superb: the words seemed to float on the melody. And, the purity and easefulness of Sampson’s sound production is wonderfully suited to Purcell’s rhythmic shifts and quirks which were pliantly absorbed into the flowing phrases. Moreover, while Sampson’s tone is unblemished it is never colourless: she imbued the clean line with judicious expressive radiance."

Bunyan Meeting
Mill Street
MK40 3EU
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