Scottish Ensemble: Three Pärts Bach Classical

Scottish Ensemble: Three Pärts Bach

Scottish Ensemble: Three Pärts Bach: concerts by candlelight
St. Machar’s Cathedral

Pärt      Fratres
Bach     Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Bach     Chorale: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein (from Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)
Gubaidulina     Meditation über der Bach Chorale: Vor deinen Thron tret ich hier mit
Bach     Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Pärt      Collage über Bach – Toccata
Bach     Contrapunctus XIX (from Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)
Pärt      Summa
Bach     Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

The meditative, cyclic, cascading notes of Bach hold a subtle power. As musicians begin to play by the soft light of candles, as well as other specially-created lighting touches designed to add to the mesmeric effect, they will fill and transform the space. Add to this slices of spiritual calm, in the form of Arvo Pärt’s cinematic violins, as well as the surprise of Sofia Gubaidulina’s eerie homage to the Baroque master, and the overall effect is one of meditation, reflection and immersion.

With his specialist knowledge and passion for period instrument performance, we are thrilled to welcome Matthew Truscott as guest director and solo violinist in two Bach concerti. Matthew regularly leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Magdalena Consort; his engagements as concertmaster include the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and English National Opera.

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