Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 8:00 pm
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Making its sixth tour of the U.S., and its first stop at Duke, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) offers a panoramic concert of its specialty — music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Akamus is a unique ensemble in that its musical direction comes from four rotating concertmasters, plus a regular roll of guest conductors like René Jacobs. Founded in East Berlin in 1982, Akamus has grown in artistic reputation over the decades, receiving the prestigious Diapason d’Or and a GRAMMY nomination.
The program, Beloved Baroque, features familiar tunes like Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D, along with irresistibly passionate music by Vivaldi, Handel, and C.P.E. Bach. J.S. Bach’s double concerto is the highlight of the program, a work showing Bach’s mastery of melody imbued with dance-like movement. The collection of favorite composers offers a chance to hear a period-instrument ensemble that plays with “fearless energy, zest, and precision” (The Boston Globe).
Lully: Suite from Phaëton, LWV 61
Handel: Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, op. 3, no. 2
Vivaldi: Concerto in E Minor for Strings and Basso Continuo, RV 134
Handel: Concerto Grosso in F Major, op. 3, no. 4, HWV 315
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in E-flat Major, Wq. 183/2
J.S. Bach: Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C Minor, BWV 1060a
“Rarely have I heard a concert so infused with the joy of music‐making.”