14 May 2019

Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord

Bach, Händel


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May 2019 Tuesday 20:15
Recital Hall Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Unico Wilhelm Wassenaer Concerto armonico No. 5
Alessandro Marcello Oboeconcerto in d minor
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050
Georg Friedrich Händel Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8, HWV 326
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto voor hobo en viool, BWV 1060a
Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest are collaborating with Trevor Pinnock

Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest 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 Concertgebouworkest.

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.

Bach and Händel

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 Concertgebouworkest, 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.

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