The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Bach and Handel - Great Balls of Fire
Just two days after the Mozart and Haydn concert The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was back in a smaller form (one instrument per part) but equally great in quality.
The programme was build around virtuoso keyboard concerti from Handel and Bach: Op. 4 No. 1 and Op. 7 No. 5 from the former (organ) and Brandenburg No. 5 from the former.
That was a short programme without intermission but with some other perks: an revealing pre-concert talk by Crispin Woodhead about the keyboard improvisation practice and a Q&A session with the orchestra before the audience chose the encore (spoiler, Bach won).
Steven Devine was the soloist at the keyboard. He played vividly on the chamber organ with controlled fantasy and blended perfectly from the harpsichord with the flute and violin in the Brandenburg concerto.
Very enjoyable evening taking the concert apart from the more traditional setting and bringing it closer to the audience.