Live at Southbank Centre: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Live from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays Bach's Double Violin Concerto and Brandenburg Concertos Nos.3 and 6, plus works by Vivaldi and Corelli. Sigiswald Kuijken directs.
Corelli: Concerto grosso in B flat, Op.6 No.11
Vivaldi: Concerto in D for violoncello da spalla, RV.403
Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV.1043
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat
Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, Op.1 No.12 ('La Follia')
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Alison Bury (violin)
Margaret Faultless (violin)
Makoto Akatsu (violoncello da spalla)
François Fernandez (violoncello da spalla)
Sigiswald Kuijken (violoncello da spalla/director)
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explores turning points in the history of classical music with a concert featuring the baroque concerto grosso. It includes three of Bach's masterpieces, his Double Violin Concerto and Brandenburg Concertos Nos.3 and 6. The programme opens with one of Corelli's pioneering concertos and it also includes a real rarity: a concerto for the now 'extinct' violoncello da spalla (essentially a cello played under one's chin), an instrument only recently reconstructed and receiving its first modern outing here in London today.
The performer of this unusual instrument and director for this concert is a pioneer in his own right, Sigiswald Kuijken, who directed the orchestra's very first concert 27 years ago.
Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.