Posted by Kimberly Powell on 10/01/2017


2017 Summer Chamber Music Festival


Johannes Brahms always said that the two most important events in his lifetime were the launch of the complete scholarly Bach Edition in 1850 and Bismarck’s unification of the German state in 1871. It is the case that, throughout his life and career, Brahms sustained a deep interest in music of the past, and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach were a particular source of fascination to him.  In fact Brahms himself edited some of the master’s works for the Gesellschaft and he adopted a number of Bach themes and forms in his own compositions and he made significant transcriptions and arrangements of many of Bach’s works. 

This past June the Brightmusic Society concluded its 14th season with its sixth annual Chamber Music Festival, returning to the theme of the very first Festival in 2012 pairing together works from two great German masters, Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms.  In this week's program we’ll hear part one of two showcasing performance highlights from the four concert series given on June 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.  Works to be featured include the Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039, the Fugue in E-flat Major, BWV 552/2 (St. Anne) for solo organ, the Cantata "ich habe genug" BWV 82 and the Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor for solo violin, BWV 1004 by Bach and the Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op 99 by Brahms.  (Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson)




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