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25-03-17 - Bach by arrangement

Dr Simon Heighes, broadcaster, writer and music historian explored the music of JS Bach which has been arranged, re-arranged or re-constructed by Bach himself and others.

Our programme included excerpts from Simon's own highly acclaimed completion of Bach's St Mark Passion.


Programme

CONCERTO IN D MINOR FOR 2 VIOLINS Op.3 No.11
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

SINFONIA IN B MINOR (BWV209)
Johann Sebastian Bach? (1685-1750)

ORCHESTRAL SUITE No.3 IN D MAJOR (Original Version)
Johann Sebastian Bach

Interval

SONATA IN G MINOR FOR VIOLA DA GAMBA (BWV1029)
Johann Sebastian Bach


THE 7th BRANDENBURG CONCERTO?
Johann Sebastian Bach
(orchestrated by Duncan Druce & Simon Heighes)


ST MARK PASSION (BWV247)
Johann Sebastian Bach
(reconstructed by Simon Heighes)

Evangelist & Jesus: The Last Supper
Soprano Aria: ‘Er Kommt’
Evangelist & Judas: Betrayal in Gethsemane
Orchestral Sinfonia
Tenor Aria: ‘Mein Tröster’
Final Chorus: ‘Bei deinem grab’


SOLOISTS:
Gamba - Elizabeth MacDonald
Oboe - Chris Hartland
Violas - Jim O'Toole and Liz Skinner
Soprano - Jayne May-Sysum
Alto - Ashley Harries
Tenor - Daniel Bartlette
Bass - Alex Bower-Brown


WHO IS SIMON HEIGHES?

Simon was born and brought-up in Norwich and still refers to the city as ‘home’ despite having lived in Oxford for the past 30 years. He undertook research and teaching at Oxford, and continues to lecture, write and broadcast about music – especially the Baroque. He’s the architect of an award-winning reconstruction of Bach’s fragmentary St Mark Passion, extracts of which form part of this concert.

At the BBC Simon makes variety of programmes for Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service, and presents Radio 3’s Sunday night show ‘Early Music Late’. As a critic Simon is best known for his live Saturday morning appearances on Radio 3’s ‘Record Review’ and his ‘Building a Library’ surveys (in October he chose Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Choir’s performance of Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium as the one to add to our libraries).

A hi-fi buff for many years, Simon recently caught the ‘low-fi’ bug, and is now the proud owner of a number of Victorian and Edwardian phonographs, and has an ever-expanding collection of the delicate wax cylinders they play. He’s also interested in early recording techniques, and has just been to Abbey Road studios to interview the pioneering sound engineers who developed stereo sound back in the mid-1950s (his article on the birth of stereo appeared in the January 2017 issue of the BBC Music Magazine).


Take a look back in our archive (Past Programmes and Press and Gallery) at the "Live Programme Notes" concerts so far:
  • Virtual Tour of Baroque Britain
  • Water Works
  • The Pleasure Gardens
  • Lovers Baroque

Simon is an Honorary Friend of Norwich Baroque and as well as master minding the Live Programme Notes concerts he is a judge of the annual Losh-Atkinson Historic Sounds Composition Competition and is an invaluable live-encyclopaedia for those troublesome programme notes!