“Johann Sebastian Bach wrote concertos for various solo instruments and orchestra, as well as orchestral suites. Among the most famous of such works are his six Brandenburg Concertos, written in 1721 and dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Bach’s dedication is dated March 24, 1721. Thus it makes 300 years from the time they were composed,” says Mindaugas Bačkus, Artistic Director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. To mark this anniversary he suggested performing all six Brandenburg Concertos in one concert.
According to Bačkus, “Concertos No. 3 and No. 6 are scored for solo strings and harpsichord, while other concertos (Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 5) are written in the form of concerto grosso, in which the musical material is passed between a small group of soloists and the rest of the orchestra. I thought: what would be truly unique is if these concertos were performed by our orchestra complemented by period wind instruments and all tuned to 415Hz as the standard concert pitch during the Baroque era. To implement this idea one would need a fine harpsichordist who plays the main continuo part. Vincent Bernhardt from France agreed to perform that role. He is a fantastic musician.”
In his opinion, “besides being unique, this project was also very difficult to implement because of the instruments which still do not exist in Lithuania, such as Baroque horns, oboes, bassoons and trumpets, let alone the performers who would be able to play them with historically informed approach to music making.”
We accepted this ambitious challenge in the face of pandemic and are happy to introduce the tribute to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos featuring members of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, guest wind players and harpsichordist Vincent Bernhardt.
We invite you to watch this concert streamed live via the Klaipėda Concert Hall’s: