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Proms Saturday Matinee 1

Bach – The Art of Fugue

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

J.S. Bach
The Art of Fugue (arr. M. Esfahani)

Performers

  • Academy of Ancient Music
Mahan Esfahani
harpsichord/director

Following his much-acclaimed account of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations in last year’s Proms Chamber Music series, former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mahan Esfahani takes on another of Bach’s landmark works, The Art of Fugue, this time in his own instrumental arrangement. In doing so he revives the informal spirit of Bach’s Leipzig coffee-house concerts, in which the composer would direct his own band of musicians.

Part of BBC Proms 2012

Proms Chamber Music 1

Widely sought after on the international opera stage, Alice Coote launches the Proms Chamber Music series with a personal selection of French chansons.

Proms Chamber Music 2

Acclaimed vocal ensemble Tenebrae showcases the hustle and bustle of London in the early 17th century, with music by Orlando Gibbons, Julian Philips and Steve Martland.

Proms Saturday Matinee 2

Recreating the distinctive sound of the world's first professional orchestra founded by Louis XIII in 1626, with a programme including music by Lully, Desmarets, Marais and Campra.

Proms Chamber Music 3

A sequence of Baroque, traditional and improvised music inspired by the age-old myth of the power of music to heal the venomous bite of the tarantula spider.

Proms Chamber Music 4

Debussy's Violin and Cello Sonatas and Ravel's Piano Trio performed by violinist Jennifer Pike, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Igor Levit.

Proms Saturday Matinee 3

Music by Michael Finnissy, Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle and Brian Elias, including three premieres, with soprano Susan Bickley, pianist Nicolas Hodges and Nicholas Daniel, cor anglais.

Proms Chamber Music 5

Nicola Benedetti, violin, Alexei Grynyuk, piano, and Leonard Elschenbroich, cello, perform music by Bach and Korngold, concluding with Brahms' Piano Trio No.3

Proms Saturday Matinee 4

Nicholas Collon conducts music by Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and a world premiere by Simon Bainbridge.

Proms Chamber Music 6

The Escher Quartet, member of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme, performs string quartets by Hugh Wood and Debussy.

Proms Chamber Music 7

Debussy's masterpiece, the Sonata for flute, viola & harp, followed by Schoenberg's melodrama Pierrot lunaire, with Christine Schäfer. Martyn Brabbins conducts.

Proms Chamber Music 8

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, Aimard performs a selection of works by the composer, including Book 2 of the Préludes.

Concert Duration:
approx. 1½ hours

Ticket Information

Stalls: £12; Centre Gallery: £10
Day Seats (Side Gallery): £5

Please see series page for full ticket information.

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