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Fri 16 May 2014

Kings Place Hall One

Bach: Musical Offering

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: £9.50-£39.50

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We take to the stage at Kings Place for an evening of music centered around Bach’s sublime Musical Offering.

In 1747 Bach visited Frederick the Great, at his palace in Potsdam. A contemporary account tells how the Emperor condescended to play a theme for Bach ‘which he should execute in a fugue. This was done so happily by the aforementioned Capellmeister that … all those present were seized with astonishment.’

Within two months Bach had published Musical Offering, an extraordinary collection which combined up-to-the-minute ‘galant’ elegance in the Trio Sonata with the culmination of his fugal art in a host of ingenious canons and the magnificent six-part Ricercare.

Handel Trio Sonata in B minor for flute, violin & basso continuo, HWV 386b
Marais The Bells of St Genevieve (1723) for violin, viola da gamba & harpsichord
Telemann The Paris Quartet No. 2 (Quartet in E minor for flute, violin, viola da gamba & basso continuo, TWV 43:D1)
CPE Bach Trio Sonata in Bb for flute, violin & basso continuo
Rameau Pièces de clavecin en concert No. 3 in C minor for flute, viola da gamba & harpsichord
JS Bach Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079

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  • Hi there

    please can you tell me what instruments will play the basso continuo parts in this concert?

    Thank you

    Jude Sat Jun 8 2013
  • Hi Jude, Thanks for your question; it is Harpsichord and Cello.

    oae Thu Jun 13 2013
  • Heard OAE at Glyndebourne playing Handel (Agrippina?)
    a little while ago. After 40 years of music addiction, from Strat to Strad, this raised the bar for me. The ear can simply not be better caressed than this. Thank you all. I am now your devoted follower

    Richard Spong Wed Mar 4 2015