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Orpheus Baroque – Berlin in the depth of emotions

The Bach family, Berlin and the 18th century Berlin School.

Johann Sebastian Bach was prolific – not only when it came to composition: he had 20 children, several of whom also became composers. Here, we hear some Baroque works by some of these siblings. In the first half of Johann Sebastian’s life, Berlin was not yet the centre that it ultimately became, but connections to Berlin existed, which was even more so the case with his sons.

The son who ultimately became the most important was Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – who was in fact more famous than his father during his lifetime. We hear his expressive Harpsichord Concerto in E major. We also hear symphonies by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, who composed in his father’s Baroque style, and Johann Christian Bach, who considered his father old-fashioned and preferred to write in a style known as galant rococo.

In addition, we hear a colourful opera overture by Carl Heinrich Graun, who was Germany’s most important composer of Italian opera at the time, and a harpsichord concerto by Georg Benda, who was from Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. Both Graun and Benda are included in the so-called Berlin School, which also included the Bach sons, led by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Orpheus Baroque is led here by Italian Francesco Corti, an award-winning Baroque specialist who works with the world’s top ensembles, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Bach Collegium Japan and Les Talens Lyriques. In 2021, he led Handel’s Agrippina at Drottningholm Palace Theatre. Artistic directors of Orpheus Baroque are the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s solo cellist, Johannes Rostamo, as well as concertmaster and Baroque violinist Elin Gabrielsson, a member, among other ensembles, of Italian Europa Galante.

The Bach family, Berlin and the 18th century Berlin School.

Sunday 23 October 2022 16.00

Ends approximately 18.00

Price:

275 SEK

Johann Sebastian Bach was prolific – not only when it came to composition: he had 20 children, several of whom also became composers. Here, we hear some Baroque works by some of these siblings. In the first half of Johann Sebastian’s life, Berlin was not yet the centre that it ultimately became, but connections to Berlin existed, which was even more so the case with his sons.

The son who ultimately became the most important was Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – who was in fact more famous than his father during his lifetime. We hear his expressive Harpsichord Concerto in E major. We also hear symphonies by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, who composed in his father’s Baroque style, and Johann Christian Bach, who considered his father old-fashioned and preferred to write in a style known as galant rococo.

In addition, we hear a colourful opera overture by Carl Heinrich Graun, who was Germany’s most important composer of Italian opera at the time, and a harpsichord concerto by Georg Benda, who was from Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. Both Graun and Benda are included in the so-called Berlin School, which also included the Bach sons, led by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Orpheus Baroque is led here by Italian Francesco Corti, an award-winning Baroque specialist who works with the world’s top ensembles, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Bach Collegium Japan and Les Talens Lyriques. In 2021, he led Handel’s Agrippina at Drottningholm Palace Theatre. Artistic directors of Orpheus Baroque are the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s solo cellist, Johannes Rostamo, as well as concertmaster and Baroque violinist Elin Gabrielsson, a member, among other ensembles, of Italian Europa Galante.

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sinfonia in G major Wq 180
    13 min
  • Carl Heinrich Graun Overture to Cesare e Cleopatra
    6 min
  • Georg Benda Harpsichord Concerto in f minor
    18 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Harpsichord Concerto in E major Wq 14
    24 min
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Sinfonia in F major ’’Dissonant’’ Fk 67
    13 min
  • Johann Christian Bach Sinfonia in g minor op 6:6
    13 min
  • Participants

  • Orpheus Baroque Stockholm
  • Francesco Corti leader & harpsichord soloist

Sunday 23 October 2022 16.00

Ends approximately 18.00

Price:

275 SEK


Since its formation in 2015, Orpheus Baroque has grown into an important part of the capital city’s music offering, serving as a meeting place for orchestra members and some of Sweden’s foremost freelance Baroque musicians.