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Sun 30 Oct 2016

St John's Smith Square

Bach: A Family Affair

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10 - £60

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Venue telephone: 020 7222 1061

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CPE Bach Sinfonia in C major
JS Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D minor
JCF Bach Sinfonia in D minor
WF Bach Harpsichord Concerto in F minor
CPE Bach Sinfonia in B minor

Ottavio Dantone director/ harpsichord

A father and his three musical sons. Meet the incredible Bach family at this concert.

Enjoy a journey through time and wildly different musical styles. Hear, in the music of CPE Bach, the compelling story of a gifted child rebelling against the legacy of his famous father.

Though a tight-knit group, the Bach family managed to compose wildly different styles of music to lasting international acclaim, from the bounce and thrust of Johannes Sebastian to the slow, song-like structures of Wilhelm Friedemann. This concert presents a range of their works. It considers how, as a father, you balance a burgeoning music career with educating a huge family, and how, as a son, you acknowledge your roots while embracing the new sounds of a changing world.

OAE Extras at 5.45pm, auditorium, free admission

Pre-concert discussion exploring the Bach family and its legacy, with Kati Debretzeni (leader) and David Force (Open University).

Venue details

St John's is a former church in Westminster, now a concert venue. Nearest tube: Westminster or Pimlico
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  • I’m chuffed to be C.P.E. After J.S. he is my favourite Bach and I love playing his music. J.C. ain’t half bad, either.

    Michael Gingold Wed Oct 5 2016
  • Somewhat surprised to be JCF as I don’t know anything about him! Only ever played JS, JC and WF. Obviously I’ve got lots more to learn. JS is all-time fave though…

    Jean Mathers Sat Oct 8 2016