Bach – The musical offering, BWV 1079 – Le Concert des Nations, Conductor: Jordi Savall

Johann Sebastian Bach’s The musical offering, BWV 1079, performed by Le Concert des Nations, an orchestra with period instruments. Conductor: Jordi Savall.

Programme

  1. 00:00:53 Thema regium
  2. 00:07:28 Thematis regii elaborationes canonicae
    1. Canon perpetuus super thema regium
    2. Canon 2 a 2 violini in unisono
    3. Canon 1 a 2 cancrizans
    4. Canon 3 a 2 per motum contrarium
    5. Ricercar a 6
    6. Canon a 4 per aumentationem, contrario motu (a)
  3. 00:25:18 Sonata sopr’il soggetto reale a traversa
    1. Largo
    2. Allegro
    3. Andante
    4. Allegro
  4. 00:42:59 Thematis regii elaborationes canonicae
    1. Canon a 2 quaerondo invenietis (a)
    2. Canon 5 a 2 per tonos
    3. Canon a 2 quaerondo invenietis (b)
    4. Fuga canonica in epidiapente
    5. Canon a 2 per aumentationem, contrario motu (b)
    6. Canon perpetuus per giusti intervalli
    7. Canon a 4
    8. Ricercar a 6
  5. 01:07:24 Encore: Orchestral suite no. 2 in B minor: Badinerie

The Musical Offering (German title: Musikalisches Opfer or Das Musikalische Opfer), BWV 1079, is a collection of keyboard canons and fugues and other pieces of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, all based on a single musical theme given to him by Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia), to whom they are dedicated.

Le Concert des Nations is an orchestra with period instruments, able to perform the orchestral and symphonic repertoire from the Baroque to Romanticism: 1600 – 1850. The orchestra was created in 1989, the youngest of the groups conducted by the Catalan maestro and viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall. Le Concert des Nations is the first orchestra of its kind made up of musicians who originate mainly from Latin countries (Spain, South America, Italy, Portugal, France as well as many other countries). The name Le Concert des Nations refers to the work by François Couperin as an assembly of “tastes” and bears the mark of the Age of Enlightenment. Le Concert des Nations is the orchestra of La Capella Reial de Catalunya.

Jordi Savall i Bernadet (born August 1, 1941) is a Catalan Spanish viol player, conductor and composer. He has been one of the major figures in the field of Western early music since the 1970s, largely responsible for bringing instruments of the viol family (most notably the viola da gamba) back to life on the stage. His characteristic repertory emphasizes medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, although he has occasionally ventured into the Classical and even the Romantic periods.

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