The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) returns in December 2023 with Bach’s complete Brandenburg concertos, performed in their original instrumentation – each year in a different order with an evolving roster of the finest CMS musicians.

If Johann Sebastian Bach had only left the world his six Brandenburg Concertos, he would still reside in the pantheon of the great composers. One memorable tune is heard after another; uplifting energy abounds; feats of virtuosity for violins, violas, cellos, oboes, trumpet, horns, and harpsichord leap from the stage. With their novel instrumentation and irresistible energy, the six concertos are uplifting to all who hear them and have become an annual tradition at the Harris.

Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (1720)
Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1720)
Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1720)
Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)
Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (1720)
Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 (1720)

Hyeyeon Park, Harpsichord
Stella Chen, Violin
Daniel Phillips, Violin
Ani Kavafian, Violin
Richard Lin, Violin
Lawrence Dutton, Viola
Matthew Lipman, Viola
Arnaud Sussman, Viola
Timothy Eddy, Cello
Mihai Marica, Cello
Keith Robinson, Cello
Anthony Manzo, Double Bass
Demarre McGill, Flute
Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute
Randall Ellis, Oboe
James Austin Smith, Oboe
Stephen Taylor, Oboe
Peter Kolkay, Bassoon
David Byrd-Marrow, Horn
Stewart Rose, Horn
David Washburn, Trumpet

“But most important... the playing was committed and vital, with no sense of routine: Bach as bold as Bach should sound.” — The New York Times


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