Johann Sebastian Bach: The Traveller
A fast-rising star on the international stage, Benjamin Alard has been hailed for his “intellectual mastery” (The Globe and Mail) in his performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Join him in his BEMF concert series début in a journey through the great master’s music for harpsichord and organ. Before settling in Leipzig, Bach spent much of his early life traveling across Germany, gaining fame for his virtuosic keyboard playing. Bach immersed himself in the local German styles but just as eagerly exposed himself to music from Italy, France, and England. Experience the vivid contrasts of a youthful Bach’s intense keyboard writing, at turns electrifying and serene, as he explored (and often tried to surpass) these diverse influences.
Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm.
“One of the great harpsichordists of his generation.”
Johann Sebastian Bach : The Traveller
Part I: Harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Sonata in A Minor after J.A. Reincken, BWV 965
Bach: Chorale Ach Herr mich armen Sünder, BWV 742
Johann Pachelbel: Fugue in B Minor from the Weimarer Tabulatur
Bach: Partita sopra O Gott du Frommer Gott, BWV 767
Part II: Organ
Bach: Prelude in A Minor, BWV 569
Bach: Chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
Bach: Chorale Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Bach: Fugue in b minor on a theme of Corelli, BWV 579
Bach: Chorale Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739
Bach: Toccata in D Major, BWV 912a
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7pm by John McKean, Professor of Music History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.