Bach ex­pert leads top New York En­sem­ble

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

One of the world’s great­est ex­perts in Bach’s mu­sic comes to Palmer­ston North tonight, lead­ing the pres­ti­gious Juil­liard415 en­sem­ble on a 10-cen­tre na­tion­wide tour as part of Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand’s Kalei­do­scopes 2017 Sea­son.

Since found­ing the Bach Col­legium Ja­pan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has con­firmed his rep­u­ta­tion as an in­spired in­ter­preter of Bach’s choral and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic - ‘‘I didn’t choose Bach from other com­posers: he is the nat­u­ral re­sult of my life,’’ Mae­stro Suzuki said.

With 19 mem­bers, Juil­liard415 is one of the largest in­ter­na­tional groups toured by Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand. The en­sem­ble is the his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance pro­gramme of The Juil­liard School in New York spe­cial­is­ing in early mu­sic, with a rep­u­ta­tion for com­bin­ing youth­ful en­ergy with poise, pre­ci­sion and a lu­mi­nous sound.

Suzuki’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Juil­liard415 is not a first: in re­cent years, they have worked to­gether on

Haydn’s Cre­ation, and Bach’s St John Pas­sion.

Vi­o­lin­ist Alana Yousse­fian has pre­vi­ously played in a joint con­cert with Mae­stro Suzuki.

‘‘He knew just what both en­sem­bles needed to bring the con­cert to life, and both per­for­mances were a real joy to be a part of.’’

She said his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance is a grow­ing part of to­day’s in­ter­na­tional mu­sic scene.

‘‘It seems that very re­cently more young mu­si­cians have de­cided to spe­cialise in his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance, and that has brought a fiery en­ergy to the baroque world. There is still so much mu­sic to be ex­plored the his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance way, there aren’t any lim­its any­more!’’

❚ Juil­liard415 En­sem­ble’s per­for­mance is at 7.30pm at the Re­gent on Broad­way. There will be a free Pre­lude talk at 6.45pm. Tick­ets can be booked through Tick­etDirect. Con­ces­sion tick­ets and stu­dent prices are avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion go to: cham­ber­mu­sic.co.nz/masaak­isuzuki.

Photo: RICHARDTERMINE

The Juil­liard415 En­sem­ble led by Mae­stro Masaaki Suzuki.

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