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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sophie Rowell director & violin
James Crabb classical accordion


Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3: Allegro, Adagio
Sally Beamish Brandenburg "Slow movement"
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3: Allegro
Sally Beamish Seavaigers

About this performance

Enjoy a quick fix of music from the baroque and beyond as MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the Orchestra through a unique pairing of the incomparable J.S. Bach and esteemed composer Sally Beamish. Scottish classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb joins as soloist, playing the part of continuo, normally reserved for the harpsichord.

  • James Crabb has been praised world-over for his versatile musicianship, appearing with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Orchestra and countless contemporary ensembles. Among his various Australian performances, Melbourne audiences will remember Crabb conducting and performing in Victorian Opera’s 2013 production of Maria de Buenos Aires.
  • The peculiar thing about Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 is the lack of a fully developed slow movement. Concerti movements usually follow a fast-slow-fast format, but here Bach differed from the norm, which is how Sally Beamish’s Brandenburg “Slow movement” came to be. Intended to serve as the missing movement in a complete performance, this work was commissioned by the Lautten Compagney Berlin and first performed in 2010.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes, no interval

Eager for more music?

Our full-length performance on Thursday 24 March features an expanded program, including Bach's Orchestral Suite No.3!

Bach and Beamish

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Entry to this event will require ticket holders to comply with the relevant COVID-19 protocols as directed by the venue, which may include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption. Up-to-date information will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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