Georg Friedrich Händel

Cantate Siete rose rugiadose HWV 162: title aria

Cantate Mi palpita il cor HWV 132 c

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto madrigalesco d-moll

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantate Ich habe genug BWV 82

Johann Christoph Bach

Lamento Ach, daß ich Wassers g’nug hätte

Antonio Vivaldi

Cantate Pianti, sospiri e dimandar mercede RV 676

Antonio Caldara

La Passione di Gesù Cristo: XII Sinfonia a-moll

Melchior Hoffmann

Cantate Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde [BWV 53]

Georg Friedrich Händel

Anthem I will magnify thee HWV 250b: title aria

Bejun Mehta
countertenor
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

In the Baroque, countertenors-castrati of a stunning, supranatural voice charmed the audiences with their virtuoso flourishes and seduced them with sweet sound. Desired, adored and cherished, they were often very whimsical and chimerical personalities, both loved and hated by composers.

Bejun Mehta, a world famous countertenor, together with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will take the listeners on a journey along a trail of outstanding pieces written for high male voices. The night’s programme includes cantatas and arias by baroque masters: George Frideric Haendel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and little known Melchior Hoffmann. It features also the beautiful but forgotten lament Ach, dass ich Wassers g`nug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach, a cousin of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert will be complemented by two instrumental pieces: Concerto madrigalesco by Antonio Vivaldi, a type of church concerto grosso, and La Passione del Gesu Signor Nostro by Antonio Caldara, which takes the form of a four-movement sonata da chiesa in the tradition of Arcangel Corelli [Wojciech Stępień]


Bejun Mehta

Bejun Mehtais one of the most acclaimed countertenors in the world. He is a regular guest at the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Opéra Nationale de Paris, Theater an der Wien, the Berlin State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera,  as well as the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and the Wiener Festwochen.

In 2016/17 he is Artist-in-Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie, where he will demonstrate his artistic versatility in four separate programs – including the season’s opening night – as both a singer and conductor. Aside from Händel and Mozart arias from large-scale operas and oratorios, he will present chamber cantatas, concerti grossi and early Mozart symphonies, as well as George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song, a solo cantata written especially for him.

Highlights of recent seasons include the creation of the role of Angel 1/Boy in George Benjamin’s celebrated opera Written on Skin (Aix-en-Provence, the Netherlands Opera and the Royal Opera House), the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Benjamin himself conducting, the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Stilles Meer for the Hamburg Staatsoper (role of Stephan), plus a new production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin.

Bejun Mehta is represented on a vast array of recordings. His latest solo CD, a collection of classical arias entitled Che Puro Ciel (Akademie für Alte Musk Berlin/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi) was released in autumn 2014 and was awarded Le Diamant d’Opera Magazine, the Choc de Classica, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Award in the Recital category.  Ombra Cara, Bejun’s best selling recording of Händel arias (Freiburger Barockorchester/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi), was awarded the 2011 Echo Klassik as Opera Recording of the Year.

 


Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlinwas founded in 1982 in Berlin. Since its beginnings, it has become one of the world‘s leading chamber orchestras on period instruments and can look back on an unprecedented history of success. Akamus is appearing regularly at the most important venues throughout Europe and internationally, touring as far afield as the USA and Asia.

Akamus has established itself as one of the pillars of Berlin‘s cultural scene, having had its own concert series at the Konzerthaus Berlin for more than 30 years and having collaborated with the Staatsoper Berlin on their Baroque repertoire since 1994. In addition, the ensemble has its own concert series at Munich’s Prinzregententheater since 2012.

With up to 100 performances annually, Akamus performs in a variety of formations from chamber music to symphonic repertoire. As well as working with guest conductors, the orchestra is often directed from the leader‘s chair by one of its three concert masters Bernhard Forck, Georg Kallweit or Stefan Mai. Regular guests include internationally renowned soloists such as Isabelle Faust, Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov, Anna Prohaska, Werner Güra, Michael Volle and Bejun Mehta.

The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is highlighted by well over a million recordings sold to the public. The ensemble’s CDs have earned many international prizes, including the Grammy Award, the Diapason d’Or and the Gramophone Award. Akamus‘ most recent CD productions include Händel‘s Water Music, Mendelssohn‘s Elijah (conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann) and Bach‘s St. John Passion (conducted by René Jacobs).

The orchestra has been honoured with the Telemann-Preis Magdeburg and in 2014 with the Bach Medaille Leipzig and the ECHO Klassik.