Essentials: Bach and Handel

Jordi Savall conducts festive music from the eighteenth century by Handel and Bach

The acclaimed conductor Jordi Savall makes his Concertgebouworkest debut conducting irresistible masterpieces. Just try to sit still while listening to Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite or Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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The acclaimed conductor Jordi Savall makes his Concertgebouworkest debut conducting irresistible masterpieces. Just try to sit still while listening to Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite or Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Music bursting with energy, sparkling strings, flaming horns and shrieking woodwinds.

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About this concert

Jordi Savall, a leading icon of historical performance, is conducting the Concertgebouworkest for the very first time. The Catalan conductor is leading the orchestra in two upbeat classics from the eighteenth century.

Of Johann Sebastian Bach’s four suites for orchestra, the Third Orchestral Suite is the best known. The overture is followed by four movements, most of which are dances. The majestic, joyful, solemn and dynamic music makes for pleasant, first-rate listening.

In 1749, the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle was to be celebrated in London with a royal fireworks display. The court composer George Frideric Handel wrote the Music for the Royal Fireworks specially for the occasion. Owing to high winds, the fireworks proved a failure, but Handel’s sparkling suite was an immediate success, and is still well loved to this day. This is music which is literally bursting with energy, sparkling strings, flaming horns and shrieking woodwinds – truly thrilling, festive music.