Chicago Symphony Orchestra To Perform Bach Concertos At Symphony Center In December

By O'Jay Burgess on Dec 04, 2012 02:35 PM EST

From Dec. 14 to 18 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Baroque expert Englishman Harry Bicket will perform some of the works of Bach at the Symphony Center along with other featured soloist.

The home of the CSO will welcome violinist Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, as well as, Scott Hostetler a noted player of the English horn to produce the works of Bach, Stravinsky and Clyne.

Bicket will first play Johann Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 6," followed by the newly commission "Prince of Clouds," by Clyne. Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks Concerto," is then on tap, followed by Bach's "Oboe d'amore Concerto in A Major, BMV 1055," with the German composer's "Concerto for Two Violins," next to close off proceedings.

Bach is one of the most influential composers in history and his concertos are among the most popular selections chosen by contemporary musicians in the present day. The German's Brandenburg Concertos were presented to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandebrg-Schwedt in 1721 and comprised of six concertos.

Bach dedicated the works to Ludwig and in a letter dated March. 24, 1721 said.

 "As I had the good fortune a few years ago to be heard by Your Royal Highness, at Your Highness's commands, and as I noticed then that Your Highness took some pleasure in the little talents which Heaven has given me for Music, and as in taking Leave of Your Royal Highness, Your Highness deigned to honour me with the command to send Your Highness some pieces of my Composition: I have in accordance with Your Highness's most gracious orders taken the liberty of rendering my most humble duty to Your Royal Highness with the present Concertos, which I have adapted to several instruments; begging Your Highness most humbly not to judge their imperfection with the rigor of that discriminating and sensitive taste, which everyone knows Him to have for musical works, but rather to take into benign Consideration the profound respect and the most humble obedience which I thus attempt to show Him."

Bach- Brandberg Concerto No.6 (Frieberg Baroque Orchestra)

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