Programme: Bach and Goldberg – Master and Student
Suite in B minor for flute and strings, BWV 1067
Canons from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 1087
The Art of Fugue, nos. 1–4, BWV 1080
Brandenburg concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Marion Moonen flute, Nicolette Moonen violin
Oliver Webber violin, Anna Curzon viola
Kinga Gáborjáni cello, Silas Wollston harpsichord
For our first concert since March 2019 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 Fugues from the Art of Fugue, both played in orchestrations by Silas Wollston.
‘…the Bach Players shone in the Brandenburg when the leader Nicolette Moonen and flautist Marion Moonen duetted the radiant slow movement with transfixing musicality.’ Early Music Today 2019
The Bach Players are known for their engaging programmes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. Founded in 1996 by Nicolette Moonen, the group’s artistic director, their main focus at first was on J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas, performed with small forces. Gradually horizons were expanded to a broader picture of Bach’s time and the circumstances in which these pieces were composed. The Bach Players have toured widely in the UK, Ireland, and Europe.
Originally planned for 28 January 2021.