Tunes Review: Sebastians’ ‘Bach by Popular Demand’ at All Angels’

September 9th, 2013

Jacob Blickenstaff for The New York Occasions

The Sebastians The group of chamber players at All Angels’ Church, executing its “Bach by Well-liked Demand” program. It integrated a Bach composition as effectively as performs by Vivaldi, Boyce, Corelli and Handel.

“Though we just take our audio severely, we’re not scared of a excellent pun,” the Sebastians proffered in brief plan notes for their concert at All Angels’ Church on Saturday evening, “Bach by Well-liked Demand.” Properly, in this case, a bad pun.

But of the demand for this team, there can be small doubt. The Sebastian Chamber Gamers, to use their formal identify, ended up opening their next time as artists in home at All Angels’ on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and the home, tiny as it is, was full. The Sebastians trail accolades, obtaining won the viewers appreciation prize in Early Music America’s Baroque Efficiency Competitiveness in 2012, and Early Music The united states presented them in its Younger Performers Pageant at the Boston Early Music Pageant in June.

Final thirty day period, they collaborated brilliantly in a manufacturing of Monteverdi’s “Incoronazione di Poppea” with the Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. But Bach is their initial adore, their quite identify — to adhere to their proclivity for puns — getting an attempt at gilt by association, borrowing cachet from Bach’s middle title.

The only Bach perform on Saturday (notwithstanding the plan title) was the Orchestral Suite No. three in D, the one particular with the well-known Air. The ensemble was greater right here than in either the Boston concert or the Monteverdi functionality: ten string gamers and the harpsichordist, Jeffrey Grossman. Nonetheless, as Mr. Grossman pointed out, there were none of the oboes, trumpets and timpani of Bach’s rating.

All the notes ended up pretty considerably protected without them, as Mr. Grossman mentioned, although balances have been undeniably shifted. Yet the energetic overall performance listed here carried all prior to it, and you experienced to ponder regardless of whether wind instruments could have held up to the breathless tempo of the Bour?e.

A close to-Bach experience arrived in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B small from “L’Estro Armonico” (Op. 3, No. 10), which Bach esteemed so very that he transcribed it for 4 harpsichords. The four wonderful violinists were Daniel S. Lee, Katie Hyun, Vita Wallace and Dongmyung Ahn.

Every also took part in a chamber function, Ms. Ahn and Ms. Wallace in Boyce’s Trio Sonata in A minimal (from twelve Sonatas) Mr. Lee and Ms. Hyun in Corelli’s Trio Sonata in E slight (Op. two, No. four). Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D minor (Op. six, No. ten) loaded out the software.

A good component of the Sebastians’ appeal stems from their youthful, vigorous functionality fashion. Mr. Lee, as concertmaster, prospects with a dancelike bounce throughout his entire body, totally suitable to operates that attract so intensely on dance forms in the first spot.

And you have to be satisfied that the team has located a welcoming, personal space to complete in frequently, although personal does not suggest peaceful. The air-conditioning program emitted a continual whoosh and occasional crackles.

More electricity to the players for generating people seem irrelevant most of the time.

The Sebastians perform their Vivaldi Undertaking, with concertos from “L’Estro Armonico” and companion items by Robert Honstein on Nov. thirteen at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, Morningside Heights, around 118th Road (212) 854-2306, sebastians.org.

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