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Andrew Appel1A path to Francois Couperin's First Ordre.

Francois Couperin in his four books of harpsichord works represents the pinnacle of beauty and mastery of his instrument. His first book, published when he was forty, is a compilation of works written over a period of 20 years and includes music in the style of grand Baroque as well as works that chart out the new and delicate rococo sensibilities. This recital will include some works of d'Anglerbert and Gaspard Le Roux as well as a selection of pieces from the first ordre.

Andrew Appel, Artistic Director of the Four Nations Ensemble, performs throughout Europe and the United States as soloist in many festivals including Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Redwoods Festival. As recitalist, Mr. Appel has performed at Carnegie and Geffen Halls in New York, as well as halls from the Music Academy of the West to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Besides his work with The Four Nations Ensemble, he has been a guest of Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Players, and Orpheus. He serves as harpsichordist for Opera Lafayette and has toured with several European chamber orchestras. He has enjoyed critical acclaim for his solo recording of Bach works with Bridge Records as well as his fortepiano performances of Haydn for ASV. Presently Dr. Appel is recording the complete works of Couperin and heads a project of monthly recorded performances "Four Nations' Concise Dictionary of Music" available with program notes on YouTube. He holds a Doctoral Degree from the Juilliard School where he was a student of Albert Fuller and a First Prize Diploma under Kenneth Gilbert from the Royal Conservatory in Antwerpen.

Andrew Appel, harpsichord

 

1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

 

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Location:
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.