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CARNIVAL: June 11-18, 2017Mini-Festivals

Curated by Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments for the MFA

Friday, June 16, 2017 from 10:45am to 4:15pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Musical Associations
BEMF’s fifth Keyboard Mini-Festival returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for another remarkable showcase of exceptional artists and extraordinary instruments. Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments for the MFA and an internationally recognized authority on the history of musical instruments, has selected carefully restored historical instruments from the MFA’s impressive collection for this truly unique event featuring three accomplished instrumentalists all appearing at their first Boston Early Music Festival.

PART ONE: 10:45AM TO 12:15PM

featuring a 1796 German clavichord by Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer

A Celebrated Godfather: Telemann and C. P. E. Bach
Renowned keyboard virtuoso Béatrice Martin presents a fascinating portrait of the brilliant composer Georg Philipp Telemann and his godson and namesake, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Alongside his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, Telemann was revered as one of the leading German composers of his time, a mantle also carried by his godson and ultimate successor as Kapellmeister in Hamburg, C. P. E. Bach, whose renowned keyboard compositions were a key influence on Haydn and Mozart.

Beatrice Martin


PART TWO: 12:45PM TO 2:15PM

featuring a 1796 English grand piano by John Broadwood & Son

The London Connection
An extraordinarily versatile and accomplished musician, Ian Watson performs a fortepiano recital exploring a diverse selection of composers and their various connections, often intersecting in London. Take a journey through brilliant sonatas by Thomas Arne, J. C. Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven, including Beethoven’s variations on Arne’s enduring masterpiece of British patriotism, Rule Britannia.

Ian Watson


featuring a 1736 French double-manual harpsichord by Henri Hemsch

J. S. Bach: Italian Concerto and French Overture
A fast-rising star on the international stage, Benjamin Alard has been hailed for his “intellectual mastery” (The Globe and Mail) in his performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Join Mr. Alard for a splendid recital of Bach’s Clavier-Ubung II, featuring the great master’s brilliant exploration of the French and Italian styles. The Overture in the French Style and its contrasting companion, the Concerto in the Italian Taste, are both vividly realized interpretations of chamber music reimagined for a double-manual
harpsichord alone.

Benjamin Alard