BROOK STREET BAND baroque ensemble

Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 8pm

Bach                Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Handel           Sonata a cinque in B flat major, HWV288

Geminiani    Concerto Grosso in D major, op 5 no.12 ‘La Follia’

Handel            Concerto Grosso in D minor, op 6 no.10

Muffat            Sonata no. 5 in G major from

                            Armonico Tributo

Bach                 Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major, B

The Brook Street Band takes its name from the London street where Handel lived from 1723-1759. The band was formed in 1996 and rapidly established itself as one of the UK’s leading Handel specialist ensembles. Promoting eighteenth-century chamber repertoire has always been the band’s driving passion and it has recently set up its own music festival in Norfolk, ‘love:Handel’.

For our final concert a band of eleven players will feature violin and flute soloists in familiar Bach works. These sandwich two concertos for strings by Handel [although one is disguised as a sonata!] together with Geminiani’s orchestral reworking of Corelli’s 12th violin sonata which comprises a set of variations on the famous tune - the ‘follies of Spain’. Muffat also features a set of variations in the fifth sonata from his first set, published three years before Bach and Handel were born!

“… a winning mix of vitality, warmth and expressiveness … a riveting performance which varied between affecting simplicity and visceral excitement” THE STRAD