On Air Now
Classic FM Drive with John Brunning 4pm - 7pm
A bright new recording of Bach's Orchestral Suites from Ensemble Sonnerie.
Bach's four Orchestral Suites are among his most famous works - not least because of Suite No.3, which includes the 'Air on the G string'. On this new recording from Ensemble Sonnerie directed by Monica Huggett, we're given the chance to hear them in a new light.
There's a theory going that although we hear these works performed by relatively large orchestras nowadays, they were actually composed for a much smaller group of musicians. Ensemble Sonnerie opt for a sparser version here, aiming to recreate the original line-up.
So how does it sound? It's certainly a different take on these much-loved tunes: really fresh, lively, and full of spirit. Some people are bound to love it - while others might miss the bigger, majestic experience of a full orchestra.