Sep 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023



Violaine Cochard | Christine Plubeau

Schlosskirche Bayreuth

Duration approx. one hour, no break.

Counter tenor Reginal Mobley is one of the leading exponents of his voice category both in his native USA and in Europe. In 2022 he debuted in Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and was also heard in Bach’s cantata Ich habe genug in the New York Carnegie Hall. Nominated for the Grammy Award, as artistic consultant of the Handel & Haydn Society he is especially committed to fostering the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, also to diversity in programme planning, thus his repertoire also covers contemporary music, including Gospel and Spirituals.

In Bayreuth Reginald Mobley joins forces with the harpsichordist Violaine Cochard and the viola da gambist Christine Plubeau to present a uniquely intimate programme. Besides exquisite and poignant songs by the “Orpheus Britannicus” Henry Purcell, and George Frideric Handel’s intensely contemplative cantatas Fra pensieri quel pensiero and Vedendo Amor, the programme includes works by Ignatius Sanchos, who was born on a slave ship in 1729 and sold to England, where, through diligence and talent, he advanced to become an independent businessman and artist and in addition the first black man to participate in British parliamentary elections.

With works by Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel and Ignatius Sancho



Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
“Here the deities approve” from Welcome to all the pleasures Z.339

“Oh Solitude” Z.406

“Now that the sun hath veiled his light” („An Evening Hymn on a ground”) Z.193

“Crown the altar” from Celebrate this festival Z.321

“Tis nature’s voice” from Hail! Bright Cecilia Z.328

“Music for a while” aus Oedipus Z.583

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
“Fra pensieri quel pensiero“ HWV 115

Sonata in G Minor for Viola da gamba and Basso continuo HWV 364b
Andante larghetto – Allegro – Adagio – [Allegro]

“Vedendo Amor“ Cantata for Voice Solo and Basso continuo HWV 175

Ignatius Sancho (1729–1780)
“The complaint”

“Sweetest bard”

“Friendship is the source of joy”

Anacrean Ode XXIII


Reginald Mobley Counter Tenor
Violaine Cochard Harpsichord
Christine Plubeau Viola da gamba

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