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Bach’s finest orchestral works

Bach’s finest orchestral works Bach’s finest orchestral works

The background

Bach’s finest orchestral works

For this programme, Shunske Sato, artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society, combines the finest orchestral works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

All instruments get the opportunity to shine.“

Like Sato, Bach was a master violinist, who could also play organ and harpsichord exceptionally well. His finest concertos therefore nearly always have a solo for violin or keyboard. The programme includes Bach’s popular violin concerto in E major, the double concerto for violin and oboe, and ‘Brandenburg’ concerto no. 5, in which the harpsichord took the limelight as a solo instrument for the first time. The concert opens with Orchestral Suite no. 1, in which all the groups of the orchestra get a chance to shine. Besides music by Bach, there are also works by Pisendel and Buffardin. Though they may be unfamiliar names today, Pisendel was the star violinist of Bach’s day and Buffardin was a world-famous flautist. Many of Bach’s solo works were ideally suited to them.

The concert

Works and Performance

Works

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

JOHANN GEORG PISENDEL
Fantasie - Imitation des Caractères de la Danse

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

PIERRE GABRIEL BUFFARDIN
Andante from Concerto in E minor

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
'Brandenburg' Concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Performers

Netherlands Bach Society
conducted by Shunske Sato

Experience more

Bach’s finest orchestral works in picture

'Brandenburg' Concerto No. 5 in D major

orchestral works, BWV 1050

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major

orchestral works, BWV 1066