Only three times in his life did Bach make special copies of his compositions to be presented to royalty. The set of six Brandenburg Concertos (1721) was the first such instance, as they were presented to the Margrave of Brandenburg along with a letter from Bach asking for employment. A true staple of the Orpheus repertoire, the concertos exude a spirit of cheerfulness and joy, showcasing the many options available within the Baroque concerto form. From the spectacular harpsichord solo of the fifth concerto to the soaring trumpet passages of the second, this is music of amazing sophistication that remains a yardstick by which all great concertos are measured.

Program:

J.S. BACH, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048  (11’)
J.S. BACH, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050   (22’)
J.S. BACH, Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051  (18’)
J.S. BACH, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047   (13’)

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