Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment May 2017
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major
The Brandenburgs stand out among the rest of the Baroque repertoire as the pre-eminent masterpieces of the style and technique that characterised that era. The six concerti grossi, each with a significant solo focus alongside its tutti framework, display Bach’s genius, structural mastery and emotional rawness, to the fullest extent the period would allow, like so many of his finest works.
The OAE returns to Cheltenham Town Hall after a 3-year gap with a quartet that forms possibly the most famous and popular of the six Brandenburgs, including the much-loved 2nd and 3rd, each opening with a bouncing rhythmic pattern and typically jaunty Baroque melody. OAE is unique among British orchestras, stressing the ensemble nature of their work above the individual but at the same time recruiting from the most talented and charismatic players in the profession. The Brandenburgs have been an important part of their history since a landmark recording 25 years ago, and tonight’s concert provides a rare chance to hear four of them revived in their original glory.
Pre-Concert Talk (6.30pm to 7pm): Presented by OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, with members of the orchestra. Free entry using your ticket for tonight’s concert.
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The OAE returns to Cheltenham Town Hall after a 3-year gap with a quartet that forms possibly the most famous and popular of the six Brandenburgs.
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