Part of the BBC Proms.
Archive :: production:T058424391, concert:S364, venue:V221
Bach Orchestral Transcriptions
The grand finale to Bach Day features arrangements for orchestra made across almost a century. They range from the subtly coloured ballet score that William Walton drew from several of Bach's cantatas to the thunderous reinventions of organ works that begin and end the concert. Also appearing are Grainger's 'ramble' on 'Sheep may safely graze', Malcolm Sargent's recasting of 'Air on the G String', Granville Bantock's treatment of the popular chorale 'Sleepers, awake!' - and two special commissions from young composers who offer their new reimaginings based on movements from Bach's sonatas for solo violin and for viola da gamba. Having opened with the pure, pared-down period-performance approach stemming from the research of recent decades, Bach Day tonight lets its hair down in a glorious, if slightly unfashionable, celebration. Finsih time: approx. 21:30 Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Two