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Cambridge Corn Exchange
|Aurora Orchestra/ Collon. Corn Exchange, Cambridge, July 23rd 2010|
|Bach's Brandenburg concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) doesn't have a slow movement. In the place where you would normally expect to find one, what's written out is just two chords. And in most modern performances, those chords get a perfunctory embellishment, a quick bit of a cadenza, and on we go. That's the shape in which the piece now sits in the classical canon, so nobody expects more than that. The players, for example, can't wait to hunker down to the third movement, a joyous G major allegro, 48 bars plus repeats of 12/8, rosin flying, semiquavers in perpetual motion, see you at the end.
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