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Bach's Brandenburg by Candlelight

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St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square

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WC2N 4JJ

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Returning to Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, in July to continue their 2018 concert series at the renowned venue, the London Concertante present performances of three hallmark works of the Baroque era: J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos nos. 3, 5, and 6. Compiled as a set of six concertos in 1721, and dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg, Bach employed a varied and daring combination of instrumentation and textures throughout the works, pushing boundaries with each completed manuscript. The first concertos is in four movements while the rest have three; the second boasts a contrapuntal masterclass among five soloists playing simultaneous; the third is strings only; the 4th pushes the baroque trumpet to its extreme limits; the fifth is essentially, to all intensive purposes, a keyboard concerto; all the while the sixth has no violins! The works remain peerless in their singularness even today.

Of the three, the fifth concerto is perhaps the most remarkable. It is often referred to as the earliest example of a keyboard concerto written in a fashion that the 21st century ear would recognise. Though formally scored as concerto for violin, flute, and harpsichord, it is truly the latter instrumentalist who comes to the fore. Influenced heavily by the Italian ritornello form of divided tutti and solo passages (omnipresent in Vivaldi’s concerto oeuvre) the harpsichord overtakes it’s soloist partners in dramatic fashion, particularly in the final passages of the first movement, where it dominates the landscape with a kaleidoscopic demonstration of technical wizardry. Expect the harpsichordist to dress accordingly.

If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

Programme:

Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 3 BWV BWV 1048

Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 BWV 1050

Mozart - Flute Quartet in D K. 288

Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No 6 BWV 1051

Vivaldi - “Summer" from The Four Seasons

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