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Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by candlelight

Friday March 9, 2018 at 19:30
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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  1. Divertimenti for Strings, Salzburg Symphonies' K136-8 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Trio Sonata No 12 in D minor, variations on 'La Follia' Op 1 - Antonio Vivaldi
  3. Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D BWV 1050 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Quartet No 1 for flute, violin, viola and cello in D K 285 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G BWV 1049 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Join one of Europe’s finest chamber ensembles on their Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos UK Tour as they travel the length and breadth of the country performing two hallmarks of the baroque era: JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos nos 4 and 5.

London Concertante was founded in 1991 and has gone on to garner an outstanding international reputation. Alongside regular series of concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble also performs across the length and breadth of the UK. International tours have taken them to the USA, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, and they will be touring to Italy and again to Spain later in the year. Their numerous recordings receive regular airplay on global radio stations, and has helped to secure their position at the forefront of Classical performers in the UK.

The Brandenburg Concertos are iconic works for their groundbreaking use of instrument combinations and musical development that ultimately changed the course of music history. While Brandenburg Concerto No 4 features bursts of dazzling technical difficulty from the violinist, Brandenburg Concert No 5 has often been referred to as the first harpsichord concerto ever written, with a particularly exciting and immensely virtuosic passage that requires the most gifted of performers to master. Accompanied by a favourite of performers and audiences alike, Vivaldi’s La Follia features variations on the well-known 17th century melody that translates in English as, ‘the madness’. The piece rises and falls in intensity throughout with the variations running the gamut of emotions with changes in speed and mood along the way. The other two pieces in the evenings programme present the contrasting characters of Mozart, with the enigmatic and playful outer movements of the Divertimento in D and a more introvert, wistful flute melody in the middle movement of the Flute Quartet with an inspired accompaniment of plucked strings.

If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts a remarkable audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

“Beautiful music. Amazing experience.” – A happy audience member! (March 2017)
“beautiful... [the] experience was fantastic... simply magical.” – Another happy audience member! (September 2017)
“They play with tone as soft as velvet, bow strokes that really sing and a Romanticist's wide volume range” – Evening Standard

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