Bach’s orchestral suites with a new elegance

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, together with Concerto Copenhagen, interpret one of the best-known collections of Baroque suites as a striking example of the dictum that less is more

Saturday 29 May 2021 at 16:00 The Queens Hall
Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Photo: Lars Emil Egeberg Simonsen
Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Photo: Lars Emil Egeberg Simonsen


Standard  200 kr.
Diamantklub  150 kr.
Studerende  100 kr.

Orchestral suites is not the term Bach himself used when the suites were performed in other, earlier versions. He added trumpets, drums and partly oboes much later, when the music was to appear in a larger format. Knowledge of this fact opens up the potential for completely new interpretations of this iconic work.

Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen have worked for a long time on a more minimalist approach to the suites, which are played here with 11 musicians, with volume, pomp and circumstance being replaced by elegance, clarity and transparent lightness in the dancing pieces. The result is a brilliant example of the dictum that less is more! At the same time, the concert marks the release of Concerto Copenhagen’s version of the orchestral suites on CD.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major
Orchestral Suite No.2 in b minor

- Intermission -

Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major
Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major

The concert lasts approx. one hour and 30 minutes, including an intermission.