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Fri 10 May 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Toutes Suites (Bach’s Complete Orchestral Suites)

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: £18-£38

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

Bach achieved a balance of pleasures with his set of Orchestral Suites. After years in the service of various church employers, he let loose with a bit of Gallic flair, trying his hand at writing in various styles of French dance music.

In each Orchestral Suite, Bach brings his usual mathematical precision to the gigues, gavottes and minuets that were the popular music of the day. Less well-known than the The Brandenburgs but just as fascinating, enjoy this collection in its entirely with the period instrument orchestra that plays them best.


Pre-concert talk

Crispin Woodhead introduces Bach’s Orchestral Suites.

6.30pm Bridgewater Hall auditorium

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