She’s been called “the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation” (The Sunday Times, London), and now, Angela Hewitt is set to bring her latest musical feat to Ottawa.
In The Bach Odyssey, Hewitt will explore J.S. Bach’s complete keyboard works in 12 recitals over the course of four years. The National Arts Centre Orchestra in partnership with Ottawa Chamber Music Society (Chamberfest) offers these recitals alongside London’s Wigmore Hall, The 92nd Street Y in New York City, and other locations around the world including Tokyo and Florence for this extremely ambitious concert series.
Hewitt’s performances and recordings of Bach have drawn praise, making her one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. Performing his body of work has impacted her greatly: “To develop in his [Bach’s] company one’s musical intelligence, technique, beauty of sound and spirit is a great gift and a lifelong adventure,” she says.
Hewitt will lend her distinctive voice, remarkable colour, and sparkling clarity to her performances in Ottawa, the first of which – Recitals I & II –took place in March 2017 at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, as part of the Chamberfest Concert Series. This month on July 20th she performs Recital III, in Southam Hall, as part of Canada Scene.
During the 2017/18 Season, Hewitt will perform Recital V as part of the NAC Orchestra’s Great Performers Series in Southam Hall, with two following recitals to be held at Dominion Chalmers Church during the Chamberfest Concert Series, and in July/August 2018 as part of Chamberfest’s annual international summer festival.
As The New York Times reviewer Bernard Holland says, “Ms. Hewitt is one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously.”
Hewitt’s ability to capture the sense of splendour and dramatic effects found in Bach’s Baroque music, with its dynamic movement, vast rhythmic energy, and relentless unfolding musical lines will leave audiences breathless and awe inspired.
“Angela Hewitt has earned a world-famous reputation for her joyful interpretations of J.S. Bach’s work. As always, it is a privilege to have her return to the Southam Hall stage, to share these masterful recitals with the NAC Orchestra and the Ottawa community,” says NAC Orchestra Music Director, Alexander Shelley.
“In the past, Ms. Hewitt has said performing at the NAC feels like “home” and we are delighted to welcome her back to our stage,” he adds.
“Chamberfest enjoys its longstanding partnership with NACO and is thrilled to bring such a monumental artistic undertaking to this community,” says Chamberfest Artistic and Executive Director Roman Borys. “To experience the genius of Bach in the hands of Hewitt over the course of four years will be absolutely transformative.
Born and raised in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, Angela Hewitt has received numerous international awards and accolades. She lives in London, U.K., with homes in Ottawa and in Umbria, Italy, where she has created her own annual music festival at Lake Trasimeno. Find out more about this extraordinary artist at angelahewitt.com.
For ticket information and specific recital dates please visit NAC-CNA.ca for more detail.
The Bach Odyssey Recital III Details:
Angela Hewitt, piano
Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
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