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July 2021

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Bach and Buxtehude

Tuesday 6 July, 5.00 pm

Leamington Music: St Mary’s Church, Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA

Coming out of the long break of the Covid pandemic, The Bach Players return to their founding inspiration: the music of J.S. Bach, complemented here with a piece by Dieterich Buxtehude, Bach’s admired older colleague. Buxtehude’s ‘Quemadmodum desiderat cervus’ is a glorious, exulting piece in hypnotic chaconne form. Bach’s secular Cantata ‘Non sa che sia dolore’, with its beautiful Sinfonia and elaborate flute parts, is a lesser known gem. Two of Bach’s most celebrated works complete the programme. The fifth Brandenburg Concerto gives solo parts to flute, violin and harpsichord. The canons from the Goldberg Variations are played here in an arrangement by Silas Wollston for strings and basso continuo – Bach’s mathematics has never sounded so delightful. Find out more

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A musical offering

Tuesday 6 July, 8.00 pm

Leamington Music: St Mary’s Church, Old Square, Warwick CV34 4RA

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) is a late work that both looks back to the tradition in which he was grounded and forward to the music of his sons. The concert opens with a sonata by Buxtehude, Bach’s admired elder: we hear the ‘stylus phantasticus’ in full flight, with its unpredictable structures and sometimes startling improvisatory freedoms. The Musical Offering is often taken to be a disjointed collection of fragments, dominated by the culminating, beautiful trio sonata. This performance treats the work as an essay in the musical rhetoric in which Bach was immersed. The succession of canons and fugues become a speech – a musical oration, in which factual statements are then elaborated on and developed in argumentative sections, interspersed with charming passages that may seduce the listener. The sonata then gives free rein to the whole spectrum of emotions. The work concludes with a final, calming ‘perpetual canon’. This is a chance to hear Bach’s famous piece with fresh ears. Find out more

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All Bach

Friday 9 July, 7.30 pm

Chichester Chamber Concerts: Assembly Room, Chichester Council House, North Street, Chichester PO19 1LQ

For our first concerts since March 2020 and the eruption here of the Covid pandemic, we return to the music of J.S. Bach. Substantial pieces that feature the flute open and close the concert: the B minor Orchestral Suite and the fifth Brandenburg Concerto. These great works are complemented by two arrangements of music from his keyboard masterpieces: Canons from the Goldberg Variations, and a selection of Fugues from the Art of Fugue. Find out more

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Bach and Buxtehude: 25th anniversary concert

Thursday 15 July, 7.30 pm

St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

Coming out of the long break of the Covid pandemic, we return to our founding inspiration: the music of J.S. Bach, complemented here with a piece by Dieterich Buxtehude, Bach’s admired older colleague. The group was founded in 1996 and gave its first concerts the following year. So this is also a 25th anniversary celebration. Rachel Elliott has been the Bach Players’ regular soprano voice: she sang in the first concerts of 1997 and sings here in two pieces. Buxtehude’s ‘Quemadmodum desiderat cervus’ is a glorious, exulting piece in hypnotic chaconne form. Bach’s secular Cantata ‘Non sa che sia dolore’, with its beautiful Sinfonia and elaborate flute parts, is a lesser known gem. Two of Bach’s most celebrated works complete the programme. The fifth Brandenburg Concerto gives solo parts to flute, violin and harpsichord. The canons from the Goldberg Variations are played here in an arrangement by Silas Wollston for strings and basso continuo – Bach’s mathematics has never sounded so delightful. Find out more

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All Bach

Sunday 18 July, 3.00 pm

Concerts at Cratfield: St Mary’s, Church Road, Cratfield, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0BU

This concert has now been cancelled
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All Bach

Wednesday 21 July, 5.30 pm

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7EQ

For our first concerts since March 2020 and the eruption here of the Covid pandemic, we return to the music of J.S. Bach. Substantial pieces that feature the flute open and close the concert: the B minor Orchestral Suite and the fifth Brandenburg Concerto. These great works are complemented by two arrangements of music from his keyboard masterpieces: Canons from the Goldberg Variations, and a selection of Fugues from the Art of Fugue.
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All Bach

Saturday 24 July, 7.00 pm

King’s Lynn Festival: St Nicholas’ Chapel, St Ann’s Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NH

For our first concerts since March 2020 and the eruption here of the Covid pandemic, we return to the music of J.S. Bach. Substantial pieces that feature the flute open and close the concert: the B minor Orchestral Suite and the fifth Brandenburg Concerto. These great works are complemented by two arrangements of music from his keyboard masterpieces: Canons from the Goldberg Variations, and a selection of Fugues from the Art of Fugue. Find out more

December 2021

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A musical banquet

Sunday 5 December, 3.00 pm

Seaford Music Society: Seaford, East Sussex

A festive programme of Baroque music from various European countries. Find out more

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Biber: the Joyful Mysteries

Thursday 9 December, 9.54 am

Cambridge Early Music: Cambridge

Nicolette Moonen and Pawel Siwczak play the first five of Biber’s Mystery or Rosary sonatas, concerned with the birth of Christ and the events that surrounded it. Pawel Siwczak will also play organ music by composers of Biber’s time. Find out more

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A musical offering

Saturday 18 December, 7.45 pm

Georgian Concert Society: St Andrew’s & St George’s West, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Musical Offering (BWV 1079) is a late work that both looks back to the tradition in which he was grounded and forward to the music of his sons. The concert opens with a sonata by Buxtehude, Bach’s admired elder: we hear the ‘stylus phantasticus’ in full flight, with its unpredictable structures and sometimes startling improvisatory freedoms. The fashionable flute features in the Paris quartets by Telemann, Bach’s close contemporary. No. 6 in E minor is in the French galant style – a succession of character pieces, culminating in a wonderful chaconne. The Musical Offering is often taken to be a disjointed collection of fragments, dominated by the culminating, beautiful trio sonata. This performance treats the work as an essay in the musical rhetoric in which Bach was immersed. The succession of canons and fugues become a speech – a musical oration, in which factual statements are then elaborated on and developed in argumentative sections, interspersed with charming passages that may seduce the listener. The sonata then gives free rein to the whole spectrum of emotions. The work concludes with a final, calming ‘perpetual canon’. This is a chance to hear Bach’s famous piece with fresh ears. Find out more

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