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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Bach, Stravinsky & Piazzolla

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in fugues and chorales by JS Bach, Stravinsky’s Concertino and Piazzolla’s suite Punta del Este.

The intricate four-part fugue that opens Bach’s masterpiece The Art of Fugue also opens this evening’s performance – hear the instruments weave across each other as each of the four melodic lines is brought out in turn.

Following two tender chorales, enjoy music by two later composers whose music builds on Bach’s legacy. Stravinsky’s rhythmically charged Concertino for String Quartet packs a kaleidoscope of colours into just eight minutes of music, while violinist Adrián Varela presents his own arrangement of one of Astor Piazzolla’s richest orchestral works. Named after a Uruguayan holiday resort where Piazzolla spent many fondly-remembered summers, the Suite Punta del Este combines Piazzolla’s tango heritage with his love of Baroque and classical forms.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.


Adrián Varela violin
Jan Regulski violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Eric Villeminey cello


JS Bach: Contrapunctus 1; Canon per augmentationem in contrario motu from The Art of Fugue; Chorale, Aus meines Herzens Grunde, BWV.269; Chorale-prelude, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV.638
Stravinsky: Concertino for string quartet
Piazzolla: Suite Punta del Este arr. Adrian Varela for string quartet

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Philippe Herreweghe, one of the great exponents of Baroque and classical music, joins the full Orchestra for a programme of Bach and Mozart in the evening programme at 7.30pm, culminating in the majestic Jupiter Symphony.
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