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J S Bach The Brandenburg Concertos
No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment makes a virtue of confounding expectations, has no single music director and delights audiences everywhere with the freshness and freedom of its performances. This concert showcases their many great soloists with a rare performance of all six of J S Bach’s ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos. Presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721, the concertos use the widest range of instruments available, making great demands of their soloists, as any French horn player will tell you. Their vitality and agility is a common thread running through, from the trilling brilliance of the trumpet or the rich interweaving of violas, violas de gambas and cello.
A Beginner’s guide to Baroque With Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Tickets £3.50, including tea/coffee
3pm, Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall
To book please call the Box Office on 0115 989 5555. Not available online.
The OAE’s Chief Executive presents this user-friendly introduction to one of the richest periods in musical history, taking in leading lights from Handel to Corelli with a special focus on Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos