Modern Premiere of Dussek’s Mass: 2 October, Barbican
AAM launch their new season on 2 October at the Barbican with the modern premiere of Dussek’s Mass, recently rediscovered by the Academy of Ancient Music’s own music director Richard Egarr. The work will be heard here for the first time since the 19th century, throwing fascinating new light on Dussek as a pioneer whose expressive works anticipate the Romantic style of Chopin and Schumann.
AAM also begin their Beethoven 250 anniversary celebrations with his complete incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont.
Handel’s Gloria with Rowan Pierce: 24 October, Milton Court
Rising young soprano Rowan Pierce, an AAM favourite, joins the orchestra for two sacred cantatas at the Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 October. Only rediscovered in 2001, Handel’s sparkling Gloria has already established itself as one of the great coloratura cantatas, showcasing the soprano voice in a sequence of dazzling, virtuosic movements.