January 31, 2020 8:00pm
Our mid-winter concert explores the Baroque ‘concerto grosso’ form, in which a small group of soloists is set against a larger ensemble. We begin and end the program with two of J.S. Bach’s ever-popular Brandenburg Concertos, but then jump forward through time to rediscover the form as presented by Stravinsky and Schnittke in the 20th century. Schnittke’s groundbreaking Concerto Grosso No. 1 juxtaposes elements of Vivaldi with an obsessive microtonal world and a bit of Argentinian tango, while the clean lines of Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet combine Apollonian elegance with dazzling instrumental solos.
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major J.S. Bach
Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1977) Alfred Schnittke
Daniel Khalikov and Quan Yuan, violins
Apollon musagète (1947 version) Igor Stravinsky
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major J.S. Bach