‘Celebrating 30 Years of Baroque’ is Paul Dyer’s theme of the 2019 Season of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; 30 years of distinguished achievement is certainly worth celebrating. The season is marked by what I would call a return to core business. Bach, Handel and Vivaldi are given appropriate prominence. The anniversary season opens in February with the Orchestra’s namesake works: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos; five of the six concertos which Bach dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721. Performing five concertos in the one concert makes a superb showcase of the orchestra, just as Bach intended.
The excellent Brandenburg Choir will join the Orchestra for a Handel celebration in late July. They will perform the four Coronation Anthems commissioned from Handel for the Coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in1727: Zadok the Priest, The King Shall Rejoice, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened and My Heart is Inditing. This wonderful program will also include Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks.
In early November the orchestra will present Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons together with two works by Telemann: his Concerto for Four Violins and his Water Music. Meanwhile, a September concert which Paul Dyer calls Next Generation Baroque, will present emerging young artists including Melbourne prodigy Christian Li, also singers Madison Nonoa and Filipe Manu who are studying in London with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall. So many pleasures.