Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Tue 26 Oct 7:30pm at Town Hall, Birmingham

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr director/harpsichord

J S Bach The Six Brandenburg Concertos 96’

Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F Major, BWV1046
Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B Flat Major, BWV1051
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F Major, BWV1047
Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D Major, BWV1050
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G Major, BWV1048
Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G Major, BWV1049

Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concertos are overflowing with music of supreme energy, tunefulness, good humour and invention. For nearly forty years the Academy of Ancient Music has been at the forefront of Baroque performance, playing ‘always with a scholar’s attention to accuracy and a rock musician’s joyous zeal’ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“The Brandenburg Concertos were so named for an ungrateful Marquis who didn’t particularly care for them. Perhaps the minor royal was having a bad day because each of these jewels has something exceptional to offer the listener.”

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb International:

… “No 2 in F major closed the first half in fine style. The arrangement of the first movement reminded me of traditional jazz practice, the four soloists (trumpet, violin, recorder and oboe) ‘breaking’ from the tutti. And each individual contribution from the quartet was outstanding. Is there a better baroque trumpet player than David Blackadder? He handled, or should that be tongued, the high and difficult line with apparent ease; his clarity of tone, whether sustained or for the briefest of quavers, had the audience on the edge of their seats. ” …

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