Every weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy Bach recording. Today, the lighter side of the composer in the Orchestral Suite No. 4.
Bach: Orchestral Suites
Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Academy of Ancient Music
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major: Overture
A fashionable form in Bach's day were instrumental suites, comprised of dances and an overture, sometimes based on an opera. Bach wrote four Bach's Orchestral Suites – each an amalgam of French, Italian and German styles – which display some of the beguiling ways he would approach the festive side of music-making. The Academy of Ancient Music will perform them live Friday night at Zankel Hall, a performance that WQXR will broadcast live. In the meantime, enjoy this Overture from their new recording of the works.
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