Concert archive

31-05-2014 The Bach Family and the Baroque Cello

7.30pm Wymondham Abbey, as part of the Wymondham Music Festival.
Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe joined Norwich Baroque to celebrate the music of the Bach family.... not just J.S, but C.P.E and Johann Bernhard too. It was pleasure to have Richard back with us just a couple of months after joining us as principal cellist for St Matthew Passion.
Soloist: Richard Tunnicliffe
Director: Jim O'Toole

Overture in G minor - Johann Bernhard Bach
Cello Concerto in A major - CPE Bach
Suite for solo cello in E flat BWV 1010 - JS Bach
Concerto Polonnoise - Telemann
"Schlummert ein" - from Ich habe genug BWV 82 - JS Bach
Brandenburg 3 - JS Bach

Eastern Daily Press review:


Norwich Baroque, directed from the violin by Jim O’Toole, has established a fine reputation since its foundation in 2006, as the near capacity audience in Wymondham Abbey on Saturday evening demonstrated.

The Bach family and the Baroque Cello proved an innovative programme, with music by not only Johann Sebastian, but also by probably his most famous son Carl P E Bach, and , most interesting of all, Johann Bernhard Bach, his 2nd cousin.

It was his overture in G minor which began the programme; music very different from Johann Sebastian’s, with a distinctive personality of its own, clearly demonstrated in a convincing performance by Norwich Baroque.

Cellist Richard Tunnicliffe was the soloist in CPE Bach’s Concerto in A major. Tunnicliffe had just the right conception of the music’s sensibility, the outer movements lively but never too flamboyant, the Largo con sordini especially fine. The same qualities applied to his reading of four movements from JS Bach’s E flat Suite for Solo Cello: the dance movements beautifully articulated, the Largo having just the right degree of expression.

Jim O’Toole directed a characterful performance of Telemann’s Concerto Polonnoise, and Norwich Baroque showed themselves to be on tremendous form in Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto.
Frank Cliff