—BBC Music Magazine
I cannot recall performances that capture the imagination quite as vividly as these.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Secrets of the Baroque
Overture No. 6 in G minor
Concerto Armonico No. 5 in F minor
Oboe Concerto in B-flat major, Wq. 164
Sinfonia Melodica, TWV 50:2
Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 4, No. 8, RV 249
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 5, HWV 316
Berlin's esteemed early-music ensemble returns with a treasure trove of Baroque gems. Many of these works harbor some musical "secret," whether it's Vivaldi's sly flouting of convention in his D-minor Violin Concerto, or the discovery that the Concerto Armonico
in F minor was actually composed by the Dutch nobleman van Wassenaer, and not Pergolesi as was assumed. Alessandro Scarlatti is best known for his religious and dramatic works, but his rarely performed concerti grossi
reflect his sophisticated sense of harmony. Also featured are Telemann's masterful Sinfonia Melodica
and Handel's mysterious Concerto Grosso in D minor. "The ensemble is superb—it's as much fun to watch these performers listen to one another as it is to hear them play" (The Boston Globe
Approximate run time of this performance is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission
Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 2pm
With musicologist Victor Gavenda. Free to ticket holders.
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Program notes are available online. [PDF]