Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls

May 2, 2011

220px Johann Sebastian Bach Musica Angelica’s Baroque String of Pearls Musica Angelica Martin Haselbock Brandenburg Concerti Baroque in Pasadena Bach in Pasadena Bach  photo“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;; 310.458.4504