Summer 2021 Virtual Concerts
Together! Virtuoso Trios from Sherman Gardens
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Specially recorded in June 2021, Elizabeth Blumenstock is joined by Janet Strauss (violin), Michael Kaufman (cello), and Ian Pritchard (harpsichord) for a smorgasbord of chamber delights by Bach, Corelli, Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi, and A. Scarlatti.
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 1037
Purcell: Sonata No. 6 in G Minor, Z 807
Corelli: Ciaccona “La Virginia” in G Major, Op. 2, No. 12
Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in A Major, Op. 1. No. 9
A. Scarlatti: Variations on “La Folia” for solo harpsichord
A. Scarlatti: Sonata for Cello and Continuo in C Major, No. 3
Handel: Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 2, No. 3
A Bach Keyboard Extravaganza
PROGRAM NOTES See the repertoire list and read about the program in detail here. A short introduction, repertoire list and biography is also below.
Acclaimed American harpsichordist and organist Matthew Dirst dives into the music of J.S. Bach and key contemporaries in this one-hour immersive concert film, captured in May 2021 at the Rienzi wing of the Houston Museum of Fine Art (pictured) and at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, Houston. After a brief introduction to Matthew for his Festival debut by the BMF’s artistic director Elizabeth Blumenstock, the performances will be interspersed with lively commentary on the composers, pieces, locations and instruments—including the wonderful 2020 “Gräbner” harpsichord by John Phillips with decoration by Janine Johnson. The film is co-produced by the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, and Ars Lyrica, Houston. Streaming premiere and post-concert Zoom Q&A social hour were co-presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society. This collaborative creative project was made possible by a cultural arts grant from the City of Newport Beach.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major BWV 866
Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703): Excerpts from the Livre d’Orgue
Dialogue à 2 Tailles de Cromorne et 2 dessus de Cornet
Dialogue de Flûtes
Dialogue sur les Grands jeux
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major BWV 852
Bach: Two Cantata Transcriptions, transcribed by M. Dirst
Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe BWV 156/1
Valet will ich dir geben BWV 95/3
Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713-1780): Trio in E-flat Major
Adagio · Un poco Allegro
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV 865
Nikolaus Bruhns (1665-1697): Praeludium in G Major
Matthew Dirst is the first American musician to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, including the American Guild of Organists National Young Artist Competition and the Warsaw International Harpsichord Competition. Widely admired for his stylish playing and conducting, he was recently described in the Washington Post as an “efficient, extremely precise conductor who has an ear for detail and up-to-date ideas about performing Bach.” Early Music America hailed his solo recording of harpsichord works by François and Armand-Louis Couperin, as a “stylish, tasteful, and technically commanding performance…expressive and brilliant playing.” As Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, Dirst leads a period-instrument ensemble with several acclaimed recordings, one of which—J. A. Hasse’s Marc Antonio e Cleopatra—was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Opera. His degrees include a PhD in musicology from Stanford University and the prix de virtuosité in both organ and harpsichord from the Conservatoire National de Reuil-Malmaison, France, where he spent two years as a Fulbright scholar. Equally active as a scholar and as an organist, Dirst is Professor of Music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, and Organist at St Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. His publications include Engaging Bach: The Keyboard Legacy from Marpurg to Mendelssohn (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Bach and the Organ (University of Illinois Press, 2016), and a forthcoming book on Bach’s Art of Fugue and Musical Offering.