Johann Sebastian Bach was a genius, a maverick and a visionary. Music would never be the same again. His impact continues to be felt today and still inspires performers and composers across all types of music.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 belongs to a set of six works dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg. Hailed as some of Bach’s finest instrumental writing, this concerto is composed for three violins, three violas, three cellos and basso continuo.
Bach’s second orchestral suite is a collection of French inspired dance pieces that are particularly characterised by virtuostic writing for the flute and an effervescent and sparkling lightness.
Bach composed the Magnificat for the 1723 Christmas Vespers in Leipzig. The original score was written in the key of E-flat but Bach later revised it, removing the Christmas interpolations and transposing it into D – a much brighter and more jubilant key.
The Magnificat demonstrates Bach’s love of splendour combined with drama and is a perfect finale for the 2015 Festival.
Benjamin Northey - Chief Conductor
Anna Hoetjes – Soprano, Barbara Graham – Soprano, Claire Barton - Mezzo Soprano
Henry Choo – Tenor, James Clayton - Bass Consortia
J S Bach - Brandenburg No. 3 BWV 1048 G major
J S Bach - Suite No. 2 BWV 1067 B minor
J S Bach - Magnificat BWV 243 D major