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Bach in Blythburgh I

Sat 9 Jun 3pm

From £5.00 to £18.00

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Saturday 9 June 2018 - 3.00pm

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Phantasm viol consort
Sean Shibe guitar

Bach arr. Mozart Fugues K405 6′
Bach Lute Suite in A minor BWV 997 20′
Bach The Art of Fugue (excerpts)30′

(ends approx. 4pm)


Bach didn’t specify an exact instrumentation for his mighty collection of fugues. But Phantasm’s performances make a compelling case for transporting the music back to the unique colours and textures of an instrumental combination that would have been unfamiliar to the composer, the viol consort. They inject both air and weight, evoking lofty grandeur and warm intimacy with sustained lines, expressive elasticity and a clarity that allows Bach’s contrapuntal invention truly to take flight.

They divide the work between a pair of festival concerts (3pm & 10pm), each including music originally written for lute performed by one of today’s leading guitarists and framed by Mozart’s graceful arrangements of other Bach fugues, those unequivocally written for keyboard.

 

Main Image Credit: Kaupo Kikkas