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The unparalleled period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and its Choir move from anguish to exultation in this stirring program of Baroque masterworks. Featuring radiant soloists, including “ravishing” countertenor Iestyn Davies (Guardian, U.K.), the OAE begins with Pergolesi’s exquisite Stabat Mater, a profoundly moving portrait of a mother’s agony resolving in melodic grace. The second half moves to Vivaldi’s joyful Gloria, an exuberant hymn of praise with universal resonance.
“One of the world’s finest 18th-century-repertoire orchestras.”– Classical Source
“A performance of slow-burning, propulsive energy.”– Guardian (U.K.)
“Iestyn Davies sings with rapturous virtuosity and uncanny beauty.”– Independent (U.K.)
“Ms. Watson brought vocal bloom, emotional depth and beguiling phrasing to her exemplary performance.”– New York Times
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall
Pre-concert lecture by Benjamin D. Sosland at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse