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Celebrating Bach
Richard Egarr directs concertos and suites

6.30pm Free AAM Explore pre-concert talk with Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr, director & harpsichord

J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major (1731)
J.S. Bach Concerto in E major for harpsichord (c.1734)
J.S. Bach Concerto in A major for harpsichord (c.1734)
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major (1725)

Over the past 10 years the AAM and Richard Egarr have become renowned for their performances of Bach’s music, and in this programme they showcase four of the composer’s most joyful works.

The two harpsichord concertos were composed for performance in one of Leipzig’s coffee houses, and may well have featured Bach’s own sons as soloists. In this environment Bach could experiment ambitiously, pioneering a new relationship between the solo instrument and ensemble. Richard Egarr – whose performances of these concertos have been praised as “exhilarating” by The Evening Standard – is the soloist. 

The Orchestral Suites are graceful, grand and impulsive. The ‘Air on the G string’ from the third Suite is perhaps the most well known of Bach’s works, and his ability to write a ravishing melody is unquestionable. But the whole range of orchestral colour is celebrated: rhythm and energy pulse throughout, providing a demonstration of Bach’s eternal appeal.

TICKETS: tel: 01223 357851

Saturday, 24 May, 2014 - 19:30 to 22:00
Event location: 
7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall