“The dotted rhythms of the Ouverture came off with a jaunty elegance … sparkled with variety as it charmed and beguiled from beginning to end.”
Steven Winn • San Francisco Classical Voice
Ouverture in C Major (Suite No. 1), BWV 1066
Ouverture in B Minor (Suite No. 2), BWV 1067
Ouverture in D Major (Suite No. 3), BWV 1068
Ouverture in D Major (Suite No. 4), BWV 1069
Historians have noted that Bach’s music is intensely infused with the spirit of dance, whether expressing joy, felicity, sorrow, or devotion. The musical forms of dance were some of the most essential and permeating components of music from the Baroque era. Those clearly defined elements determined tempos, moods or affects, and the structural architectures of the vast majority of Baroque musical works, both with texts and purely instrumental.
Bach’s suites not only celebrate the dance, but also the phenomenal technical abilities of his musicians. Bach titled them “Ouvertures” referring to the grand movement that opens the work, followed by a suite of dances, all requiring the most virtuoso instrumentalists. All four Orchestral Suites will be presented in these concerts, full of exuberant sonority, captivating melody, and displays of virtuosity from ABS’s famous roster of “the best American specialists in early music” (The Washington Post).
This program and subsequent recording are sponsored in part by Kwei & Michele Ü
Friday May 11 2018 8:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday May 12 2018 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday May 13 2018 4:00 pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday May 14 2018 7:00 pm
Davis Community Church, Davis
Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.
One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.
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