“Bach Concerti” happens to be Italian for “Baroque String of Pearls”—at least when rendered idiomatically. A more literal reading might be: Musica Angelica’s upcoming performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 3, 5, and 6; Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe; and Suite No. 2 for Flute and Orchestra. (You wouldn’t necessarily think so, but Italian can be a very economical language.) We can’t remember the last time we’ve heard someone fail to use a superlative when describing Bach’s work, let alone disparage him; nevertheless these concerti are said to among “the most inventive” he ever wrote—“without parallel,” even. It’s Bach, so, you know, probably.
Musica Angelica, if you don’t know them, is a period instrument orchestra led by Martin Haselböck, a prominent solo organist as well as conductor and composer. Joining Musica Angelica are award-winning oboist Gonzalo Xavier Ruiz and lauded flutist Stephen Schultz. Bach to the future we go.*
A String of Pearls from the Grand Master of the Baroque
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra
Saturday, May 7th, 8 p.m.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
$15 – $55; MusicaAngelica.org; 310.458.4504