Inspiring Bach presented by Music Network

Inspiring Bach presented by Music Network

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 8.00pm

Irish violinist Claire Duff’s playing has been described as “full of fire, flair and brilliance". For this tour, she is joined for the very first time by the dazzling young French harpsichordist Benjamin Alard, diving deep into Bach’s powerful musical meditations on suffering, loss – and redemption. There’s never been a better time to rediscover the aching beauty of the ultimate composer.

Both are renowned for their performances of baroque repertoire, in particular Bach. Duff is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs throughout Europe as a soloist and ensemble player. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort, and co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert.

As a recitalist on both harpsichord and organ, Benjamin Alard has performed in festivals and venues around the world. A member of baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, he also performs chamber music with violinist François Fernandez and in a harpsichord duo with Élisabeth Joyé. Organist at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île in Paris, he oversees an annual series of keyboard concerts dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach.

Audiences will hear a new work by Irish composer Jane O’Leary, commissioned by Music Network, which offers a contemporary reflection on the resonances of Bach.

Claire Duff, baroque violin
Benjamin Alard, harpsichord

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Published on 20 December 2018

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