Brandenburg Concerto no. 5
Thursday 19 November 2020
19:00 – 20:00
21:15 – 22:15 – optional
Het Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal
- Noriko Amano (artistic director)
- Sayuri Yamagata (concert master)
The programme includes Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, François Couperin – L’Impériale from Les Nations and Rameau – Pièces de Clavecin en Concert. These are all fabulous pieces, each in its own style. Bach made a transcription of the Sonata from L’Impériale by Couperin. Bach knew the piece as the German violinist Pisendel who was world famous at the time had brought back a copy from Paris.
In 1685 – the birth year of Bach – King Louis XIV renounced the Edict of Nantes, which had granted the Protestants of France (Huguenots) for 87 years the right to practice their religion. Consequently, many Huguenots fled to protestant countries, such as Brandenburg-Prussia. Among them musicians, in particular excellent French wind instrument players. Their instruments had a pitch of 392 Hz, which was used at the French court. It could therefore very well be that Bach’s chamber music orchestra (occasionally) played at this pitch. In any case, in this concert we will use this pitch that is a full tone lower than modern pitch.
Pearls in Baroque
Pearls in Baroque is a platform for baroque music that plays masterpieces of the baroque era, whether world famous or relatively unknown. Pearls in Baroque artistic director Noriko Amano studied piano at Toho Musical College, Musical History and Musical Aesthetics at Tokyo’s Keio University and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam. In 2014 she gave a prestigious solo recital King’s Favour at Ueno Bunka Hall in Tokyo and at Het Concertgebouw. She has been playing in various ensembles as well as solo, both in Europe and Japan. Sayuri Yamagata studied modern violin at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and came to the Netherlands to study baroque-violin at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.