What is sensational in this piece is its use of instruments, since the only solo strings used in the Baroque era were essentially the extroverted violins of Italy or the introverted gambas of France and England. That Bach wrote a concerto for two solo violas, the proletarian among the instruments, the one who never gets to play a solo – that was a social revolution among the instruments..” – Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Writer Timothy Judd calls Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos “a kind of musical résumé for an unsuccessful job inquiry. Their recipient, Prince Ludwig, the Margrave of Brandenburg, never responded and may not have opened the bundle of scores. We are the rich recipients of this sublime, revolutionary, and timeless music.”
The revolution in the Sixth Brandenburg? Ditching the violins altogether, in order to feature a pair of violas, who are center stage in a rambunctious rumble of lower strings. And in 2019, a great vehicle to showcase for our outstanding #Heifetz2019 faculty!
From the opening Celebrity Series concert of the 2019 summer season, violists Paul Neubauer & Michael Klotz, lead the charge, aided and abetted by cellists Antonio Lysy, Timothy Eddy, and Thomas Mesa, cellos; and harpsichordist Andrew Rosenblum. Joining them is bassist James Peterson. Captured in performance at Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA.