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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightement play Bach's orchestral suites

Thursday May 16, 2019 at 19:00
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
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  1. Orchestral Suite No 1 in C BWV 1066 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Orchestral Suite No 3 in D BWV 1068 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Orchestral Suite No 4 in D BWV 1069 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Following their unforgettable performance of the complete Brandenburg Concertos in 2017 we’re thrilled to present another instalment of Bach’s greatest pieces from the convention-flouting Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In this case, it’s the four Orchestral Suites that Bach wrote between 1723 and 1739. Making use of contrasting instrumental combinations, and drawing on the then fashionable French tradition of multi-sectioned overtures, Bach created an irresistible set of airs and dances, ranging from solo strings to choirs of oboes and trumpets. Highlights include the high-flying flute of Suite No 2 and the sublime 'Air on the G String' from the Suite No 3, which remains one of the most hummable tunes ever committed to manuscript.

A Beginner’s Guide to Bach’s Orchestral Suites - with Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at 3pm, Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall.

As those who heard his introduction to baroque back in 2017 will know, the OAE’s Chief Executive has a winning way as a public speaker. Expect insightful illustrations and amusing anecdotes, delivered as only Crispin can - tickets £3.50, including tea/coffee.

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