There are only three instances in Bach’s life where he made special copies of his compositions to be presented to nobility. 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 classical concertos are measured.

Program: 
J.S.BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
C. THEOFANIDIS: Muse
J.S.BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
J.S.BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
J.S.BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051

Read Program Notes by Aaron Grad

Presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
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