Although he never left Germany, Bach was able to immerse himself in a rich musical world. He consumed the compositions of his time voraciously and corresponded with many of the leading musical figures of Europe.
This concert is packed with music by composers Bach admired: Telemann, the godfather of CPE Bach; Zelenka, the esteemed Czech composer, and the other towering great of the era, Handel. We also rediscover the Baroque-inspired Concerto for string orchestra of Victorian composer Margaret Sutherland.
MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell joins MCO as guest director and soloist.
Jan ZELENKA Hypocondrie à 7 Concertanti in A major ZWV187 (arr string orchestra)
GF HANDEL Concerto Grosso in C minor Op 6 No 8, HWV326
GP TELEMANN Suite for violin and orchestra in A major TWV 55:A8
CPE BACH Sinfonia in A Major Wq182/4
Margaret SUTHERLAND Concerto for String Orchestra
JS BACH Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor BWV1041
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Concert Notes: Bach's World
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