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The CPE-mim & MGConcerts present




​Sunday 10 december 2023 - 12 p.m.

MIM, Rue Montagne de la Cour 2, 1000 Brussels

Francesco Corti - Harpsichord


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
- French Suite n. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 (early version)
Preludium (attr. to Bach), Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte, Air, Gigue             

Johann Kuhnau (1660 - 1722)
- Sonata Quarta in C minor “Hiskia agonizzante e risanato”
(Musicalische Vorstellung einiger Bibischer Historien)
Il lamento di Hiskia per la morte annonciatagli e le sue preghiere ardente
La di lui confidenza in Iddio
L’allegrezza del Re convalescente

François Couperin (1668 - 1733)
- Rondeau in B-flat major (BWV Ahn. 183)
(Les Bergerie, 6ème Ordre)

Georg Böhm (1661 - 1733)
- Prelude, Fugue and Postludium in g minor

Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 - 1783)
- Polonaise in G major (BWV Ahn. 130)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
- French Suite n. 5 in G major BWV 816

Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte, Bourrée, Loure, Gigue


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Harpsichordist and conductor Francesco Corti was born in Arezzo, Italy, in a musical family in 1984. He studied organ in Perugia, then harpsichord in Geneva and in Amsterdam.

He was awarded at the International "Johann Sebastian Bach" Competition in Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007).

As a soloist and conductor, he has appeared in recitals and concerts all over Europe, in the USA and Canada, in Latin America, in Asia and in New Zealand. He has been invited by festivals such as Mozart Woche and the Salzburger Festpiele, Musikfest Berlin, BachFest Leipzig, MusikFest Bremen, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier. He has performed in halls such as Salle Pleyel and Thêatre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Bozar (Bruxelles), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Philharmonie (Berlin and Hamburg), Mozarteum and Haus für Mozart (Salzburg) and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Real (Madrid), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barecelona). 

He’s a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski), Zefiro (Bernardini), the Bach Collegium Japan (Suzuki), Les Talens Lyriques (Rousset) and Le Concert des Nations (Savall).

Since 2018 he is principal guest conductor of il Pomo d’Oro. Among other projects with this ensemble, he has conducted European tours of Händel’s Orlando, Radamisto and Tolomeo. His collaboration with Pomo d’Oro include numerous recordings. He is invited to lead Les Musiciens du Louvre, Tafelmusik, Freiburger Barockorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, B’Rock and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. In 2021 he has conducted a new production of Händel’s Agrippina at the Royal Theater in Drottningholm (Stockholm, Sweden) and Monteverdi’s Combattimento in Cremona and Reggio Emilia (Italy). In 2022, he has conducted “Un Moto di Gioia. Mozart Concert Arias” staged by A. T. de Keersmaeker in Gent and Antwerpen (Belgium).

Starting January 2023, he is be musical director at the Drottningholm Royal Court Theater, where he has conducted a new production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in August 2023. 

His future engagements include Händel’s Messiah with KOM, Bach’s Matthäuspassion with FBO, Händel’s Berenice and Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Pomo d’Oro and Lully’s Armide at Drottningholm. 

His solo recordings include a CD of Louis Couperin Suites, the Partitas by J. S. Bach, Haydn Sonatas, the two piano quartets and the piano concerto K. 488 by Mozart, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solemnelle. Pentatone has recently published the first three volumes of Bach’s harpsichord concertos and Händel’s Apollo e Dafne with il Pomo d’Oro. His solo recordings (Arcana) “Bach: Little Books” and “Händel: Winged Hands” have received multiple awards and have been acclaimed by the international press. “Händel: Winged Hands” has been awarded a prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2022. His latest recording is dedicated to Frescobaldi.

He has taught in masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia. Since September 2016, he is professor of harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

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