Holy Week is a time to go back to the roots of faith and reach up to the skies in celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is hardly a better musical accompaniment to this spiritual journey than the masterpieces of the Baroque period. At the marvellous historic St Paul’s Within the Walls Church in Rome, a constellation of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel awaits to raise your soul up to the heights of divinity and delight in this special time. Headlined by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, the evening’s programme delivers a uniquely transporting experience for believers and lovers of Baroque music alike!
Johann Sebastian Bach gave his six Brandenburg Concerto’s as a present to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in March of 1721. The compositional work, however, likely dates back to his time as Kapellmeister in Köthen and Weimar, Germany. Each of the six concertos is regarded as a Baroque masterpiece and an instance of innovation in composition and instrumentation. The Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 is noted for its outstanding trumpet parts, which remain among the most intricate in the classical repertoire. Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor follows with similarly virtuoso lines and inspired melodies.
On the heels of Bach’s two masterpieces comes Il Gardellino (Italian for ‘The Goldfinch’), a charming flute concerto in which Antonio Vivaldi once again demonstrates his unique ability to imitate the sounds of nature. In an effort that resembles his magnum opus ‘The Four Seasons’, the Italian composer skilfully imitates the songbird’s gentle melodies with freely flowing scales and flittering trills. George Frideric Handel’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in B-flat Major rounds off this Easter concert’s musical programme and delivers a powerful finale to an evening of spiritual and musical celebration. In the pious and regal atmosphere of St Paul’s Within the Walls Church in Rome, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by J. S. Bach and the other Baroque masterpieces come together into a moving and uniquely enjoyable musical and spiritual evening.