Pearls in Baroque
Compelling series of concerts
Under the title Bach and beyond, Pearls in Baroque, conducted by Noriko Amano, presents a series of three concerts in the Kleine Zaal for the 2023-2024 season, in which Bach and another Baroque composer are always central.
The season starts on Sunday 12 November with an Autumn matinee in a pastoral atmosphere with a Harpsichord concerto by Bach and The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, followed on Sunday 11 February by an intimate Winter matinee with two Sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Bach and a Harpsichord concerto by Rameau. The season will close on Thursday 30 May with a coffee concert in an animated atmosphere with Bach’s Kaffeekantate and Bernier’s Le Caffé.
Sunday 12 November 2023 | 14:15 h
Autumn matinee with Bach and Vivaldi
Sunday 11 February 2024 | 14:15 h
Winter matinee with Bach and Rameau
Thursday 30 May 2024 | 20:15 h
Coffee concert with Bach and Bernier
© Janko Duinker
© Lila Poppy Geurts
Previous concert: “A musical feast!”
“I’d had the pleasure of seeing Noriko perform on a few occasions, but never before with her entire Pearls in Baroque Chamber Orchestra – an ensemble of top musicians. Tokyo-born Noriko Amano is the artistic director of Pearls in Baroque, a platform she founded for baroque music and art. In the revered Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, they staged a superb programme on Sunday afternoon to a large, appreciative audience and I was among them. What an inspiring atmosphere! In Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, Noriko’s harpsichord solo part was completely enthralling. I felt mesmerized by the 18th century music, imagining the grandeur of the courts of Louis XIV in Versailles! Noriko plays her harpsichord built in Paris in 1998 – a copy of a French 18th century harpsichord. The icing on the cake was when 15-year-old Emily van Baaren, herself a talented violinist, joined on stage, showing us what this music was written for as she danced a graceful baroque gigue during the movement from Les Nations by François Couperin. The entire concert, musically and visually, was truly an uplifting experience.”