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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Toutes Suites (Bach’s Complete Orchestral Suites)

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10-£75

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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David Blackadder, principal trumpet

Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

Bach and the balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

Bach achieved a balance of pleasures with his set of Orchestral Suites. After years in the service of various church employers, he let loose with a bit of Gallic flair, trying his hand at writing in various styles of French dance music.

In each Orchestral Suite, Bach brings his usual mathematical precision to the gigues, gavottes and minuets that were the popular music of the day. Less well-known than the The Brandenburgs but just as fascinating, enjoy this collection in its entirely with the period instrument orchestra that plays them best.


Free pre-concert talk

Crispin Woodhead introduces Bach’s Orchestral Suites.

6pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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