Legene-Kuijken-Haas Trio: Virtuoso Music of the Baroque
Virtuoso Music of the Baroque
European legends Eva Legene, recorders, and Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba, are joined by the celebrated American harpsichordist Arthur Haas in a rare New York City appearance performing sonatas, trio sonatas, and solo pieces by Bach (C.P.E. and J.S.), Rameau, Leclair, Couperin and Vivaldi.
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm Saint Paul and Saint Andrew Church 263 West 86th Street Entrance on West End Avenue Manhattan
Tickets: $35 ~ Adults $20 ~ Students and members of EMA, ARS, or VdGSA
Virtuoso Music of the Baroque Eva Legêne, recorder Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba Arthur Haas, harpsichord
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 - 1764) Sonata No. 2 in E minor for recorder and basso continuo
François Couperin (1668-1733) Pieces de violes avec la basse chifre Suite no I, in E Minor
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Pièces de Clavecin in G Les Sauvages - Les Triolets - L'Egiptienne
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Trio Sonata in D Major Op.2, no.8 for alto recorder, viola da gamba, and basso continuo
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach Sonata in D major, Wq 83, H505 For recorder and obbligato harpsichord
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Trio sonata in A minor RV 86 for alto recorder, viola da gamba and continuo
About the Artists:
Eva Legêne, recorder virtuosa, is known throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia for her remarkable performances. Born in the Netherlands as member of the third generation in a large family of musicians, Eva Legêne studied with Frans Brüggen, and taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In 1985 she became professor of music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Early Music Institute in Bloomington IN, and director of the annual Recorder Performer’s Seminar, and Summer Recorder Academy. In 2009 she retired from Indiana University and now divides her time between Europe and the US. She continues concertizing and teaching master classes in Europe, Asia, and the United States. In collaboration with the faculty of the Composition Department of Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she instigated and helped organize the Japanese New Music Festival at Jacobs School of Music that took place in October 2013. Eva Legêne is a frequent guest at international Early Music Festivals and appeared in concert with many renowned early music artists such as Frans Brüggen, Hopkinson Smith, Bruce Dickey, Sigiswald, and Barthold Kuijken, John Gibbons, Arthur Haas, Jacques Ogg, and her colleagues at Indiana University. She regularly tours the US with gambist Wieland Kuijken. She has published several articles on the recorder and related historical issues, and was editor of the Recorder Education Journal. She has recorded for radio and television in Europe, the US, Australia, Canada, and Asia, and for the labels Telefunken, Denon, Focus, and Rondo Records. A recording with music by Telemann with Michael McCraw (bassoon), the late Washington McClain (oboe), and Corey Jamason (harpsichord), will soon be released by Focus Records. Her most recent concert tours have brought her to China, Japan, and the US.
Born in 1938 in Dilbeek, Belgium, Wieland Kuijken started his musical education at the Conservatory of Bruges, followed by the ‘Diplome Supérieur’ for violoncello from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in 1962. When he was twelve years old, he was brought in contact with the historical instrument family of vielles, and received his first Viola da gamba (bass viol) at the age of eighteen. His professional musical career started with the Ensemble Alarius de Bruxelles, a pioneer ensemble for historically informed performance, performing from 1959-1972. During his early career, Wieland Kuijken also appeared world-wide with the leading Baroque musicians of the time such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Alfred Deller, Jordi Savall, and many others. With these performers, and also with his two younger brothers Sigiswald Kuijken (violin and gamba), and Barthold Kuijken (traverso), he made numerous recordings. In 1972 he was co-founder of the world-renowned Ensemble La Petite Bande followed by the Kuijken Quartet, a quartet specializing in the music of Haydn and Mozart, played on period instruments. With his son Piet—pianist, harpsichordist, and a member of the faculty at the Conservatory in Brussels and Antwerp-- he appeared in concerts in Europe and Mexico, and together they recorded J.S.Bach’s sonatas for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord as well as other Baroque and later repertoire. Between 1988 and 1996, Wieland Kuijken conducted the Polish Baroque Orchestra Collegium Europae in concerts and recordings in Poland, Belgium and Holland. From 1971, he taught the Viola da gamba at the Flemish Department of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Holland). In 2003, he retired from both schools. During this long teaching career, he taught more than 150 students of the viola da gamba. Many of his students became leading players and teachers all over the world. Wieland Kuijken often appears as a jury member for numerous international competitions such as Bruges, Amsterdam, Boston, and Leipzig. The international demand for his appearance in concerts, teaching, recordings, and juries, reflect his great renown and the position he holds as the world’s leading viola da gambist.
Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, is one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Baroque music in the U.S. today. He holds a master’s degree in historical musicology from UCLA, where he studied harpsichord with Bess Karp. He also studied with Albert Fuller at The Juilliard School and with Alan Curtis in Berkeley and in Amsterdam. Mr. Haas was awarded the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975, and then lived for a number of years in France, performing in many of the major European early music festivals and teaching at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême. While in Paris, he joined the famed Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances and recordings of both early and contemporary music. In 1985, his formal American debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by The New York Times. He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier early music ensembles whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have received critical acclaim in the press. He is also a member of Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniæ. Mr. Haas participated in the first recording of the Bach Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. His solo CD’s of Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and suites of Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin have been widely praised in the press. Known for his expertise as a continuo player, Mr. Haas has toured with such distinguished early musicians as Marion Verbruggen, Jaap ter Linden, Julianne Baird, Laurence Dreyfus, Bruce Haynes, and Wieland Kuijken. In 2001, he recorded Bach’s Cantata #199 and songs of Henry Purcell with the soprano Dawn Upshaw. Annual summer workshop and festival appearances take him to the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy since 2002. Mr. Haas is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University, where he directs the award winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, and is also on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and Juilliard’s recently created historical performance program. In Fall 2012, he began teaching harpsichord and early music courses at the Yale School of Music.