The Brandenburg Playing The Brandenburgs Will Open 30th Anniversary Concert Season
"We started this orchestra to play this music" Paul Dyer
"Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are such supreme jewels of Baroque music that 30 years ago I named the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in their honour," says Paul Dyer, the Brandenburg's Artistic Director.
30 years ago, in 1989, the Brandenburg Ensemble company was founded by Paul and Managing Director Bruce Applebaum, leading to the orchestra's first performance at the Sydney Opera House in January 1990 as part of the Mostly Mozart series.
"When we play five of the concertos in Sydney and Melbourne concerts to kick off our year-long 30th anniversary party - the Brandenburg playing the Brandenburgs - audiences will be able to hear for themselves why Bach is universally held up as one of the greatest, most imaginative and most innovative creative minds of all time," says Paul.
"Bach uses unusual and innovative groupings of instruments for each concerto. Every single musician on stage has a chance to shine and we'll also get to hear more rarely used instruments such as the viola da gamba and violino piccolo."
For Paul, the 5th concerto particularly has been a major part of his career and development as a musician, thanks to its famous and astonishing solo harpsichord cadenza.
"I played it as a student for my graduation recital from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and have since performed it on four continents," recounts Paul.
"I'm excited to be playing this monumental concerto - and in fact all these concertos together - at this stage of my career. After 30 years of working with the incredible musicians of the Brandenburg, I feel we will bring a new level of maturity and also wisdom to these masterpieces of the period.
"To call Bach a genius is an understatement. His music is virtuosic and fiercely technical, but also speaks directly to the soul of the musician and the listener like no other composer: his music is on another plane.
"Bruce and I started this orchestra to play and share this music with Australian audiences. And here we are 30 years later, still finding new joy on each page of music every time we take to the stage. We are both proud and very grateful."
City Recital HallWed 27 Feb, Fri 1, Sat 2, Wed 6, Fri 8 Mar at 7PM
Matinee Sat 2 Mar at 2PMBOOKINGS:Ph: 1300 782 856 / (02) 9328 7581, www.brandenburg.com.au
Riverside TheatresMon 4 Mar at 7PMBOOKINGS:
Ph: (02) 8839 3399, www.riversideparramatta.com.au
Melbourne Recital CentreSat 9 Mar at 7PMSun 10 Mar at 5PMBOOKINGS:Ph: 1300 782 856 / (02) 9328 7581, www.brandenburg.com.au
Or after 12 noon on Fri 8 MarMelbourne Recital Centre Box OfficePh: (03) 9699 3333, www.melbournerecital.com.au
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director & harpsichord
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat, BWV 1051