Musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are collaborating with Trevor Pinnock in the Close-up chamber music series. Pinnock has regularly conducted the orchestra. But on this beautiful Baroque programme, he is performing in his capacity as harpsichordist with an ensemble made up of members of the RCO.
Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto was a work highly appreciated by Bach, who made a harpsichord arrangement of it. Bach himself dedicated six concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg ‘with the humble entreaty not to judge their imperfections’. Needless to say, the Brandenburg Concertos, as they are now known, are masterpieces of the highest order. The fifth could almost be called a solo concerto with a prominent role for the harpsichord.
Handel’s twelve Concerti grossi are actually a potpourri of the various genres in which he excelled, mimicking by turns opera, chamber music, solo concertos and court dances. But such playful Baroque works were not the sole preserve of Italian and German composers. Around the same time, the Dutchman Unico Graaf Wilhelm van Wassenaer also wrote six unique Concerti armonici which were initially thought to have been composed by an Italian.
For fans of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Close-up concerts given in the Recital Hall provide a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with individual musicians. In this concert series, they perform chamber music in small ensembles, allowing you to enjoy their unique musical personalities and abilities.