Known for his “mesmerizing” (Ludwig van Toronto) performances, Kristian Bezuidenhout returns as harpsichordist and guest director for a program curated especially for Tafelmusik.

Transformations draws on music that has morphed from one form to another by way of transcriptions, reworkings, and arrangements. 

Posthumous orchestral arrangements of several of Rameau’s pieces for solo harpsichord are an homage by an anonymous admirer of Rameau, inspired by others that Rameau himself had arranged for his operas. Handel did the reverse in his Trio Sonata in G Major, adapting movements from no fewer than five operatic precursors to create a sonata for two violins and continuo. We in turn transform the sonata into a suite for orchestra, retaining the selection of movements, but reverting to Handel’s original orchestrations.

The theatre is the ultimate palace of transfiguration, and the magic of the London theatres inspired Purcell’s Ayres for the Theatre.

No exploration of baroque transformations would be complete without J.S. Bach, the ultimate musical alchemist. Bach transcribed his own A-Minor Violin Concerto for a different instrument in a new key, culminating in the thrilling Harpsichord Concerto in G Minor. Bezuidenhout, whose playing is nothing less than “beguiling” (Gramophone), champions this dazzling work.   

Directed by Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque (orchestral)

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

May 10, 2024 8:00 pm
May 11, 2024 8:00 pm
May 12, 2024 3:00 pm

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Guest Director and harpsichordist

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Kristian is an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert. He is a regular guest with leading ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and has guest directed numerous period ensembles, including Tafelmusik.  

Last season saw Kristian perform with the Auckland Philharmonic, Guerzenich Orchestra, and play/direct projects with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, OAE, Kammerochester Basel, Philharmonia Baroque, and Concerto Copenhagen. He joined Mark Padmore and Sol Gabetta for recitals in Europe and undertook a North American tour with Anne Sofie von Otter.  

Kristian’s rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete solo keyboard music of Mozart. Recent releases include Schubert Winterreisse with Mark Padmore, Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Isabelle Faust, Haydn piano sonatas, and the complete Beethoven Concerti with Freiburger Barokorchester. 


Directed by Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord


Purcell Ayres for the Theatre
Concerto 5 after Scarlatti
Concerto for harpsichord in G Minor (Kristian Bezuidenhout, soloist)
Sinfonia for oboe, harpsichord & strings, arranged by Bruce Haynes (John Abberger & Kristian Bezuidenhout, soloists)
Rameau Concerts en sextuor
Handel Suite for orchestra

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