Orchestral Suites Nos 4 and 2
Live from St. Mary's Church, Shrewsbury
Presented by Tom McKinney
As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring, The Academy of Ancient Music, directed from the harpsichord by Richard Egarr, performs Bach's Orchestral Suites - a series of grand and graceful dances, paying homage to the French baroque style as championed by the ballet-obsessed King Louis XIV. Written during Bach's years in Leipzig, where he had a wider range of instruments at his disposal than ever before, the Suites revel in new sonorous possibilities and employ varied combinations of wind, brass, stringed instruments and timpani.
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.4
Bach: Orchestral Suite No.2
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach from the BBC New Generation Artists archive.