Alan Curtis

Harpsichordist, musicologist, and conductor. Born 17 November 1934. Died 15 July 2015
Alan Curtis
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1934-11-17
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Alan Curtis

Alan Curtis Biography (Wikipedia)

Alan Curtis (November 17, 1934 – July 15, 2015) was an American harpsichordist, musicologist, and conductor of baroque opera.

Born in Mason, Michigan, Curtis did graduate studies at the University of Illinois, and received his PhD in 1960, with a dissertation on the keyboard music of Sweelinck. He then relocated to Amsterdam to work with Gustav Leonhardt, with whom he subsequently recorded a number of the Bach concerti for multiple harpsichords. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made a number of recordings of solo harpsichord music, including albums dedicated to the keyboard music of Rameau and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, such as his recording of the Goldberg Variations made on a 1728 Christian Zell harpsichord.

Following an academic career divided between UC Berkeley and Europe, Curtis devoted his time to performing dramatic music from Monteverdi to Mozart. As a student in the 1950s, he was the first modern harpsichordist to examine problems surrounding Louis Couperin's unmeasured preludes for harpsichord, to commission the first modern copy of a chitarrone and the first chromatic (split-key) harpsichord constructed in the 20th century. He also researched operas from the baroque and pre-baroque eras, using period instruments and authentic choreography.

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George Frideric Handel
Empio diro tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
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Empio diro tu sei (Giulio Cesare)
George Frideric Handel
Piangerò la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
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Piangerò la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)
George Frideric Handel
Berenice, regina d'Egitto (Overture)
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Berenice, regina d'Egitto (Overture)
George Frideric Handel
Sempre dolci ed amorose (Berenice, regina d'Egitto)
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Sempre dolci ed amorose (Berenice, regina d'Egitto)
George Frideric Handel
Rinaldo: Ah! Crudel
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Rinaldo: Ah! Crudel
George Frideric Handel
Ma quando tornerai (Alcina)
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Ma quando tornerai (Alcina)
Antonio Vivaldi
Il Catone In Utica (Act II, Scenes 12-14)
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Il Catone In Utica (Act II, Scenes 12-14)
George Frideric Handel
Brilla nell'alma (Alessandro)
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Brilla nell'alma (Alessandro)
Carlo Gesualdo
Alme D'Amor Rubelle
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Alme D'Amor Rubelle
Carlo Gesualdo
O Dolce Mio Tesoro
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O Dolce Mio Tesoro
Carlo Gesualdo
Ardita Zanzaretta
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Ardita Zanzaretta
Nicola Porpora
Arianna in Nasso (I. Overture)
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Arianna in Nasso (I. Overture)
George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare: Act 2 Sc 7 and 8
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Giulio Cesare: Act 2 Sc 7 and 8
George Frideric Handel
Radamisto, Act 2 Sc 1-3
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Radamisto, Act 2 Sc 1-3
George Frideric Handel
Neghitossi or voi che fate? (Ariodante)
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Neghitossi or voi che fate? (Ariodante)
Antonio Vivaldi
Il Catone In Utica Rv.705 - Catone in Utica
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Il Catone In Utica Rv.705 - Catone in Utica
Agostino Steffani
Io Voglio Provar
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Io Voglio Provar
George Frideric Handel
Semele - "No, no, I'll take no less"
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Semele - "No, no, I'll take no less"
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Concerto for 2 harpsichords in F major (Wq.46/H.410)
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Concerto for 2 harpsichords in F major (Wq.46/H.410)
George Frideric Handel
Prophetic raptures swell my breast (from Joseph and His Brethren)
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Prophetic raptures swell my breast (from Joseph and His Brethren)
George Frideric Handel
Partenope HWV 27, Voglio amare infin ch'io moro
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Partenope HWV 27, Voglio amare infin ch'io moro
George Frideric Handel
'Felicissima quest'alma' - from Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
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'Felicissima quest'alma' - from Apollo e Dafne, HWV 122
Gesualdo, Alan Curtis & Il Complesso Barocco
Moro, lasso, al mio duolo
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Moro, lasso, al mio duolo
George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Final Chorus: Ritorni omai nel nostro core
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Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Final Chorus: Ritorni omai nel nostro core
George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Aria: V'adore, pupille
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Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Aria: V'adore, pupille
George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Recit: Alma del gran Pompeo
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Giulio Cesare In Egitto - Recit: Alma del gran Pompeo
George Frideric Handel
Berenice: Act 1: Aria: Vedi l'ape
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Berenice: Act 1: Aria: Vedi l'ape

Berenice: Act 1: Aria: Vedi l'ape

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Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani
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Alan Curtis
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
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Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)
George Frideric Handel
Alcina - Overture
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Alcina - Overture
Antonio Vivaldi
Giustino - opera in 3 acts RV.717 - Act 2
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Giustino - opera in 3 acts  RV.717 - Act 2
George Frideric Handel
Ma quando tournerai (Alcina)
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Ma quando tournerai (Alcina)
Alessandro Stradella
Sinfonia (Trio sonata) in C major G/Mc.7.3-1 (Sinfonia avanti l'oratorio La Susanna) for 2 violins & bc [1681 or earlier]
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Sinfonia (Trio sonata) in C major G/Mc.7.3-1 (Sinfonia avanti l'oratorio La Susanna) for 2 violins & bc [1681 or earlier]
George Frideric Handel
Alcina - opera in 3 acts
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Alcina - opera in 3 acts
Joyce DiDonato, Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis & Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
Berenice: Da torbida procella
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Berenice: Da torbida procella

Berenice: Da torbida procella

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Giuseppe Maria Orlandini
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Alan Curtis
Orontea - "Intorno all'idol mio"
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Orontea - "Intorno all'idol mio"
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