Only a small number of concertos by Bach have survived. Originally composed for the court of Anhalt-Köthen around 1720, thankfully several of them were repurposed for weekly concerts Bach organized at the Zimmermann café in Leipzig, fifteen years later. He also converted a few of them into concertos for harpsichord(s).

Since 2012, the French ensemble Alia Mens has specialized in the performance of works by Bach, particularly the cantatas from the Weimar period and concertos for several harpsichords. This concert provides an ideal opportunity to discover these fine musicians in their Montreal debut.

OLIVIER SPILMONT, harpsichord and direction

Stéphanie PAULET First and Solo Violin
Simon PIERRE Violin
Gabriel FERRY Viola
Simon HEYERICK Viola
Emilia GLIOZZI Cello
Christian STAUDE Double Bass
Julien MARTIN Recorder
Marine SABLONNIÈRE Recorder
Emmanuel LAPORTE Solo Oboe
Brice SAILLY Solo Harpsichord

Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A major, based on the BWV 1055
Concerto for Violin in A minor, BWV 1041
Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

Friday, March 29th 2019 at 7:30pm
Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Min

For tickets and information: www.mbam.qc.ca/en/concerts 514-285-2000

You can also hear Ensemble Alia Mens perform in the Complete Bach Cantatas Series on Sunday, March 31

Bourgie Concert Hall
1339 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2E8