Only a small number of concertos by Bach have survived. Originally composed for the court of Anhalt-Köthen around 1720, thankfully several of them were repurposed for weekly concerts Bach organized at the Zimmermann café in Leipzig, fifteen years later. He also converted a few of them into concertos for harpsichord(s).
Since 2012, the French ensemble Alia Mens has specialized in the performance of works by Bach, particularly the cantatas from the Weimar period and concertos for several harpsichords. This concert provides an ideal opportunity to discover these fine musicians in their Montreal debut.
You can also hear Ensemble Alia Mens perform in the Complete Bach Cantatas Series on Sunday, March 31