Bach to Bach for a Weill at Goethe
Saturday night in the crowded Goethe courtyard.
In a brave effort to play the first and second Brandenburg concerti the musicians chased each others’ notes through the chilly evening air and when they caught up with each other managed to get a few really nice passages floating alfresco and clear, just as Bach would have wanted.
Kurt Weill’s orchestral suite, ‘Kleine Dreigroschenmusik’ is another difficult piece to play and to get the mood right, weill at times the pace on Saturday was a little pedestrian and the notes sort of bumped into each other occasionally, the last rendition of Mack the Knife won through and we were pleased that the pardon to spare MacHeath from execution came through in time. Lotte Lenya would have been able to sing along with it.
The group’s next gig under the baton of Graham Sutcliffe is on 22 April….same place…. warmer weather.
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