9. Jul

‘Badinerie’ – Spark releases first single of their new album ‘Be Baroque’

With Bach's Badinerie, Spark, the classic band, gives a first taste of an album of a special kind: Be Baroque. Spark plays Baroque music, that sounds simple, but is in fact highly complex. That's because when an ensemble like Spark approaches a past era, that can only come about with a fresh new perspective, bold reorientation and lots of delight in experimentation.

Spark has plucked an arrangement by Gustav Mahler of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite in B minor BWV1067 and arranged it into three movements. In 1909 Mahler, then Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, wished to acquaint the American public with the music of bygone eras in his "Historical Concerts" series. He compiled a number of movements from Bach's Orchestral Suites BWV1067 and 1068 to form a new suite, premiered on November 10, 1909 at Carnegie Hall. The reduced, but very distinctive harpsichord part is most striking, because in contrast to today's historical performance practice, Mahler decoupled the harpsichord from its basso continuo function and gave it an independent newly-conceived voice.

The Badinerie, taken out of Mahler's suite, is the first insight into Be Baroque, the new album by Spark, which will be released by Berlin Classics on 18 September.