CMF on Film: Dunedin Consort plays Bach
The renowned Edinburgh-based period ensemble Dunedin Consort visited Cambridge last month to film two performances at West Road Concert Hall of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 5 &6. We have been busy editing the two films and can’t wait to share the results with you.
No more than 30 minutes long, each film includes an insightful introduction to the music.
The ensemble’s Music Director John Butt (a former organ scholar at King’s College Cambridge) directs from the harpsichord with an infectious joy that is clearly shared by the other musicians.
Although we were not able to bring you into the hall to watch live, the finished films do give the advantage of being able to see the instruments and their players close-up. Of course you can also watch in your own armchair, with whatever helps immerse you in the music: headphones, slippers, a glass of wine…
The first film, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 will premiere on YouTube at 6pm on 24 March – and will be available to watch for 2 weeks after that. The choice of 24 March is significant, because it marks 300 years since these six concertos for diverse instruments (only later known as the ‘Brandenburgs’) were compiled as a set.
The second film, featuring No. 6, will follow in April.