I've followed Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin for more than 2 decades, through a personal connection: one of their leaders who wasn't on this tour is the brother of a friend of mine, and I was present at his confirmation in the old DDR (his father was an amazingly courageous Protestant minister who, later as Bishop of East Berlin, sheltered protestors and, together with Kurt Mazur, contributed to the peaceful abdication of the old regime). But this was the first time I ever heard them play in-person. Beyond the precision evident on recordings (Bach Overtures), their sound was wonderfully delicate, graceful, musical and full of life--what a treat! They also introduced me to the music of Bach's sons, which I'm looking forward to exploring through their CDs. Thank you, UMS, for the unforgettable evening, and please consider inviting them back--imagine a cycle of Brandenbergs or Overtures?
Posted: 4/15/14 -- 9:31 pm