After countertenor Iestyn Davies performed the England’s “Orpheus” program at the 2014 Spitalfields Winter Festival, the Financial Times wrote of “his pure tone flawless, his phrasing exquisite.” Davies, who also appeared in Broadway’s Farinelli and the King, sings songs by three composers—Dowland, Purcell, and Handel—who were likened to Orpheus, the mythical musician. For these songs—at times melancholy, tender, and bawdy—he is joined by the brilliant young lutenist Thomas Dunford who has been called the “Eric Clapton of the lute” (BBC Music Magazine).
Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Thomas Dunford, Lute
PURCELL "Lord, what is man?"
PURCELL "Sweeter than roses" from Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country
MARAIS "Les voix humaines" from Suite No. 3, Deuxième livre
VISÉE Chaconne in D Minor
HANDEL "Ombra cara" from Radamisto
DOWLAND "A Dream"
DOWLAND "Behold a wonder here"
DOWLAND "Flow, my tears, fall from your springs"
DOWLAND "Can she excuse my wrongs?"
DOWLAND "The Frog Galliard"
HANDEL "Hendel, non può mia musa," HWV 117
PURCELL "Music for a while" from Oedipus
BACH Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (arr. Thomas Dunford)
DOWLAND "Come again, sweet love doth now invite"
PURCELL "O solitude, my sweetest choice"
HANDEL "O Lord, whose mercies numberless" from Saul
PURCELL "Now that the sun hath veiled his light" (An Evening Hymn on a Ground)
Newly restored in 2003, a flexible space located beneath the main hall. Avoid seating near the west wall, as subway sound can sometimes bleed through.