La Follia Austin Baroque presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
La Follia begins its all-Bach concert season with a performance of Brandenburg Concertos 3, 5, and 6, as well as the Orchestral suite no. 2 in B minor. Featured are Bruce Williams and Suzanna Giordano, violas, Eric Smith, cello, Marcus McGuff, flute, and director Keith Womer, harpsichord. Stephen Redfield is concertmaster.
Bach composed six orchestral concertos and dedicated them to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721. They are esteemed as the finest orchestral works of the Baroque era. Each concerto features a unique combination of instruments. For this concert, La Follia will perform three of these concertos: concerto 6, which features two violas with cello and two gambas with bass; concerto 5, which features solo violin, flute and an especially elaborate part for solo harpsichord; and ending with concerto 3, which features three sets of three parts for violins, violas, and cellos.