The Orchestral Suites are 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.
Performances of the Orchestral Suites complete days exploring Bach’s music. Richard Egarr turns his “pliant, poetic and balletic” harpsichord playing (BBC Music Magazine) to the French-inspired solo English Suites (find out more here); the pre-eminent Bach scholar and Harvard Professor Christoph Wolff shares insights into these works and their context; and BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch leads a discussion with AAM musicians about playing Bach.
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