If It Ain't Baroque Don't Fix It
Bach in Baltimore kicks off its 35th Anniversary Season with a concert featuring three of the best-loved composers of the Baroque era. Bach in Baltimore is one of the only music ensembles that regularly performs Bach’s cantatas. This concert opens with Cantata 3: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (Oh God, how much heartache). Cantata 3 explores the concept of suffering and how we deal with it. Maestro Dimmock chose Cantata 3 to open the season in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who have suffered so much recently. Following is Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1, which would have been considered to have a retro feel to his contemporary listeners. Though Handel and Bach are today considered the epitome of Baroque-era music, in their day, Telemann was by far the most popular of the trio. He was also the godfather of Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel and was a friend to Handel. The concert closes with Telemann’s Concerto for Oboe d’amore in A Major.