Sunday Baroque

Bach – Sinfonia in D major BWV 1045 – Sato | Netherlands Bach Society
The Sinfonia in D major, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society for All of Bach, is possibly one of Bach’s most surprising compositions. According to the manuscript, it is an ‘Intrada’, an instrumental introduction to what was probably a festive cantata. However, there is no trace whatsoever of the vocal parts. This sinfonia is therefore doomed to remain an independent instrumental movement. – Netherlands Bach Society

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Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major BWV 1048 – Sato | Netherlands Bach Society

The ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto no. 3, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society for All of Bach, is remarkable for its unusual form and instrumentation. Bach composed it for three violins, three violas, three cellos and basso continuo. In other words, 3×3, which is a rational choice you would expect from a modernist like Pierre Boulez, rather than a Baroque composer like Bach. There is no distinction between solo and ensemble instruments: all the strings play both solo and tutti. – Netherlands Bach Society

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