Bach : ouvertures – suites

As is true of so many of Bach’s familiar works, his Orchestral Suites had more than one incarnation. Three were in fact played at the time with reduced forces, as chamber pieces with one musician per part, and without the forceful elements of trumpet and timpani. We also know that the Suite No. 2, enjoyed now as a feature for the flute, previously existed in another key and with another solo instrument, either violin or oboe. Masques brings its trademark nuance and conversational style to bear in its intimate renderings of the Orchestral Suites Nos. 1, 2 (version for oboe) and 3 — home of the famous “Air.” Rounding out the programme is a suite once thought to have been written by Bach’s father, but which turns out to belong to his brilliant son Wilhelm Friedemann.

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Ensemble Masques

Jasu Mosio, oboe
Lidewei De Streck, oboe
Julien Debordes, bassoon
Sophie Gent, violin
Tuomo Suni, violin
Kathleen Kajioka, viola
Mélisande Corriveau, violoncello
Benoît Vanden Bemden, contrabasso

Olivier Fortin, harpsichord

Programme musical

First part

W.F. BACH (1710 – 1784)
Ouverture in G Minor (formerly attributed to J.S. Bach, BWV 1070)

– Larghetto – Un poco allegro
– Torneo
– Aria
– Menuetto alternativo
– Capriccio

J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
Suite nr. 2 in C Major BWV 1066

– Ouverture
– Courante
– Gavotte I / II alternativement
– Forlane
– Menuet I / II alternativement
– Bourrée I / II alternativement
–Passepied

Second part

J.S. BACH
Ouverture nr. 3 in D Major BWV 1068

– Ouverture
– Air
– Gavotte I / II alternativement
– Bourrée
– Gigue

J.S. BACH
Suite nr. 2 in A Minor (from BWV 1067)
Jasu MOISIO, oboe solo

– Ouverture
– Rondeau
– Sarabande
– Bourrée I / II alternativement
– Polonaise
– Menuet
– Badinerie

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