A highlight from the Gala Concert at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, 2016: the opening allegro of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, performed by the FestspielOrchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings, director.
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In March of 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach carefully inked six of his best concertos into a book for the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig. These concertos were originally titled “Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments,” but they are now known as the “Brandenburg” Concertos in English or “die Brandenburgischen Konzerte” in German.
These six concertos represent a high point in the music of the baroque period. The title of the fifth concerto (BWV 1050) in Bach’s original manuscript is as follows:
Concerto 5to à une Traversiere, une Violino principale, une Violino è una Viola in ripieno, Violoncello, Violone è Cembalo concertato
The term “concertato” in this case means that much of the harpsichord part is written out; this work, along with many of Bach’s violin sonatas, established the keyboard as a virtuosic solo instrument in an ensemble context.
This performance follows Bach’s original orchestration and is performed on original instruments: the performers are Laurence Cummings, harpsichord and director, Kate Clark, baroque flute (traverso); Elizabeth Blumenstock, solo baroque violin, Wolfgang von Kessinger, baroque violin; Klaus Bundies, baroque viola, Kathrin Sutor, baroque cello, and Paolo Zuccheri, violone.
Filmed in 4K ultra-high definition video.
Daniel Fuchs, Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, 4K video; audio courtesy of NDR (Rita Hermeyer, producer, (p) NDR Kultur 2016); post production of audio and video by David Tayler, Hanneke van Proosdij & Adaiha MacAdam-Somer.