“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and
“Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017

Optimism, sorrow and brilliance

Optimism, sorrow, and brilliance: the expressive patterns and elegance of the late baroque flute in the Prussian court of Frederick the Great – lunch concert on Thursday 23 October.

The first lunch concert of this year’s Organ Academy will take place in the Christinae Church, Göteborg, on Thursday 23 October, 12.00.

Paulo Ghiglia (flute) and Camerata Promus will perform Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s concert for transverse flute, strings and basso continuo in G major (Wq. 169/H. 445).

Camerata Promus consists of:
Violin: Linda Tuominen, Vlad Campean, Bence Tóth, Borbála Brezovszky
Viola: Maria Jakobsson
Cello: Giacomo Torlontano
Harpsichord: Benedikt Melichar

The concerto in G major, Wq. 169 has been dated to 1755 in its first version for organ and orchestra. It opens with an energetic orchestral introduction, distinguished by its dotted rhythms and fast arpeggio patterns. As often, solo passages alternate between fast and melodic phrases, increasing in virtuosity as the relatively extended movement proceeds, leading to a solo cadenza at the end. The E minor Lento breathes an air of melancholy into the descending orchestral contours of its opening, a mood that the flute joins, adding a short fermata before the movement ends. The lively final presto dispels this sorrow with its bright optimism and brilliant solo writing.