Les Bostonades presents Family Connection: Music of Johann Bernhard and Johann Sebastian Bach
Les Bostonades welcomes its Artistic Advisor, harpsichordist and conductor Hank Knox (an esteemed member of the music faculty at McGill University in Montreal) to join the ensemble's season finale. The program includes J. S. Bach's Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, and Overture for Violin and Strings in A minor, BWV 1067a, the presumed original version of the famous Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067) scored for flute and strings, reconstructed by musicologist Werner Breig. Breig's reconstruction of BWV 1067a in A Minor is based on a set of surviving instrumental parts for BWV 1067 in B Minor made by several copyists commissioned by Bach. The consistent errors in the parts, which Bach himself corrected later in the editing, suggest an earlier version that is a whole tone lower. The solo part in the earlier version is probably not for the flute, as the lowest pitch would have been out of the instrument's range. It is possible that the original version of BWV 1067 was written for solo violin.
This program will also feature two rarely performed works, Orchestral Suites No. 3 in E minor and No. 4 in D major, by Johann Bernhard Bach (16761749), Johann Sebastian's second cousin, whose musical style has been compared to that of Telemann. Johann Bernhard held positions as organist at the Kaufmannskirche in Erfurt, and as town organist and court harpsichordist in Eisenach. All of Johann Bernhard's surviving works are instrumental: four orchestral suites, two organ fugues, and several organ chorales. Evidently his orchestral suites were valued and copied by Johann Sebastian, and were used for performances by the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig.
About Les Bostanades:
Now in its 12th season, period-instrument ensemble Les Bostonades has been sharing chamber music with Boston area audiences since 2005. The ensemble features internationally recognized Baroque music specialists who actively collaborate in Boston's vibrant early music scene, bringing spirited and polished performances to listeners throughout the Northeast. The ensemble's performances have been described by Early Music America as "the most engaging chamber music playing...[a] generous, voluptuous sound...well delineated, [and with] a poignancy of emotion." Les Bostonades is an ensemble of flexible size and instrumentation; their regular players, with Ms. Sato at the core, collaborate regularly with internationally renowned Baroque performance specialists. Recent performances have featured Teresa Wakim (soprano), Gonzalo Ruiz (oboe) and Hank Knox (harpsichord), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Christopher Palameta (oboe), and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo). In 2018 Les Bostonades released its second CD with tenor Zachary Wilder, featuring French cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.
About Hank Knox:
Hailed internationally for his colorful, kinetic performances (All Music Guide) which abound in vitality (Early Music America), Hank Knox performs on harpsichord in concert halls, churches, museums, galleries and homes around the globe. A founding member of Montreals Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe and Japan, Knox also regularly performs, records and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, among numerous other ensembles. As one of today's busiest musicians in the field of Early Music, Knox's musical collaborators have included violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Monica Huggett, and Stefano Montanari, lutenist Steven Stubbs, baritone Max van Egmond, and conductors Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Roger Norrington, and Andrew Parrott.
Gordon Chapel, Old South Church (View)
645 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
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