The Bremer Barockorchester reimagines the art of the baroque genius J.S. Bach with the presentation of their first CD, which was released in the autumn of 2020. J.S. Bach’s masterpieces perceived with new arrangements, some by the ensemble themselves, such as the reconstruction of the Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1052R. This program also includes the orchestral suite in B minor and the 5th Brandenburg Concerto.
In this performance, the ensemble illuminates the influences of the so-called “New World” on the European composers of the Baroque era. It also takes a look at the other side of the Atlantic, where flute concertos and sonatas were composed in the Colombian Amazon. A colorful expedition through the exotic sounds of the Baroque era.
In this extraordinary program, Dorothee Oberlinger and the BBO present late Baroque music, such as the famous flute concerto “La Notte” by Antonio Vivaldi and works by G.Ph. Telemann, as well as music from the 16th century. The soloist and ensemble explore the world of baroque flute music, while presenting works from all over Europe that continue to virtuosically outdo each other, but also skilfully showcase the cantabile nature of the baroque flute.
In this program, the Bremer Barockorchester presents virtuoso compositions from the baroque Italian violin school. Together with the soloist, the ensemble follows in the footsteps of the composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini, who was known as the “devil’s violinist” during his lifetime. Tartini claimed to have encountered Lucifer in a dream and thus inspired to write one of his daring compositions. Concluding the program with Concerti Grossi in the tradition of Arcangelo Corelli, the grandmaster of the forefathers of the Italian orchestral practice.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart meets Fandango in a program that combines famous works by the Austrian composer with music by Luigi Boccherini, and the expressive perception of the Flamenco dance. The focus of the concert is on the theme of Serenata, the combination of Mozart’s interpretation of the classical serenade and the swirling sounds of a Spanish capital, which Boccherini immortalized in his compositions, such as “La Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid.”
In this concert, the Bremer Barockorchester transport the audience into the world of musical theater, combining works from French and English composers. In England, during the second half of the 17th century, the musical style of its European neighbors on the opposite side of the English Channel was particularly fashionable. Therefore, some French attributes found their way into the dramatic music of composers such as Henry Purcell. With Purcell’s compositions, he shaped the musical life of London and was responsible for the dawn of a new era in theatrical English music. This program features French compositions by the musicians of Louis XIV, who, beginning with Jean-Baptiste Lully, had no small merit in the Europe-wide and centuries-long brilliance of the Versailles court. Lully, a young dancer and musician, became one of the founders of the French baroque opera. Its characteristic overture became his trademark, the magnificent style of composition equivalent with […]
The fact that Georg Philipp Telemann wrote several thousand compositions in the course of his lifetime is enough to entice skeptical astonishment, but that he was versed in all national musical styles is bordering on the impossible. This musical jack-of-all-trades remains unrivaled in this aspect: sometimes in French, sometimes Italian, sometimes North German, the Hamburg master takes us on a journey into his colorful world. This concert consists of the breathtaking concertos for traverso and recorder, as well as the overture “Les Nations”.
In this concert, the Bremer Barockorchester embarks on a voyage of discovery into the fabulous music collection of the Dresden Hofkapelle known as “Schrank II”. The archive, for the most part containing the estate of the famous Vivaldi pupil Georg Pisendel, was already created in the 18th century. It contains well-known, along with partly rarely heard manuscripts and copies of the great masters from the era of the Saxon-Polish Union. The pinnacle era of the orchestra, which was famous throughout Europe and whose members included legendary musicians such as Francesco Maria Veracini, Johann Joachim Quantz and Jan Dismas Zelenka, among others. In accordance with its high quality, works have been repeatedly dedicated to the orchestra. Famous composers, such as Antonio Vivaldi, had their music premiered by the Dresden orchestra.
With various works of the early and late baroque, the Bremer Barockorchester exhibits the diverse sound and vividness of ensemble music from the 17th century, an era characterized by political turmoil and hostile conflicts. The Austrian composer H.I.F. von Biber and Swabian composer Speer created worlds that were practically “exotic” for the time; by setting Hungarian or Greek dances, mighty battles and funeral songs to music. Furthermore, jester’s tales, assorted animal sounds and altogether a world of sound can be heard, which seems to be ahead of its time through the use of numerous unusual playing techniques.
From wildly virtuosic string concertos to intimate love songs, covering the entire spectrum of human emotion. Rarely performed works of the early and late Italian Baroque period are performed alongside compositions such as the famous Double Concerto for two violins in A minor RV522, the alternation of vocal chamber music and the full sound of the string orchestra shows all of the diverse facets of baroque madness.