(photo: Uwe Arens)

Chamber Music

Double Bach with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Not only Johann Sebastian, but also his cousin Johann Bernhard Bach was a master of the composer’s craft. In this concert, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – since 1982 one of the top historically informed performance ensembles – juxtaposes works by the two Baroque masters. In addition to two orchestral suites, the programme includes concertos for three and four harpsichords and orchestra which were written during Johann Sebastian Bach’s years in Leipzig.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Georg Kallweit violin and direction

Raphael Alpermann harpsichord

Michaela Hasselt harpsichord

Felice Venanzoni harpsichord

Petteri Pitko harpsichord

Johann Bernhard Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in G minor

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings and Continuo in C major, BWV 1064

Raphael Alpermann harpsichord, Michaela Hasselt harpsichord, Felice Venanzoni harpsichord, Petteri Pitko harpsichord

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1063

Raphael Alpermann harpsichord, Michaela Hasselt harpsichord, Felice Venanzoni harpsichord, Petteri Pitko harpsichord

Johann Bernhard Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in G major

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for 4 Harpsichords, Strings and Continuo in A minor, BWV 1065

Raphael Alpermann harpsichord, Michaela Hasselt harpsichord, Felice Venanzoni harpsichord, Petteri Pitko harpsichord

Dates and Tickets

Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie R

Programme

Born in Erfurt in 1676, Johann Bernhard Bach, known as “the Elder”, was a second cousin of Johann Sebastian Bach and is not to be confused with his nephew, born in 1700 also with the name Johann Bernhard. The paths of Johann Bernhard and Johann Sebastian Bach crossed in Weimar in their student days. After initial positions as organist in Erfurt and Magdeburg, he lived until his death in 1749 in Eisenach, where he succeeded his uncle Johann Christoph Bach as organist at the Georgenkirche and harpsichordist of the court orchestra.

Johann Sebastian’s appreciation for the music of Johann Bernhard is demonstrated by the fact that there is evidence that he performed works by him with the Collegium Musicum during his time in Leipzig. Most of Johann Bernhard’s compositions have been lost over the centuries. Today, in addition to some organ works, only four orchestral suites have survived; they suggest the influence of Georg Philipp Telemann who Johann Bernhard Bach encountered in Eisenach.

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – one of the top ensembles in terms of historically informed performance since 1982 and known worldwide for its spirit of research – will present two orchestral suites by Johann Bernhard Bach under the direction of their concert master Georg Kallweit. In addition, the programme includes concertos for three and four harpsichords and orchestra which were written during Johann Sebastian Bach’s time in Leipzig.

(photo: Uwe Arens)

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