Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Academy of St Martin
in the Fields Chamber Orchestra with Johannes Moser, cello

8 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021 | Yardley Hall

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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields has gained an international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of great orchestral music. Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, the Academy has done more than 500 recordings with highlights that include the 1969 best seller “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film “Amadeus.”

The Academy retains the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble that has become an Academy hallmark. A key emphasis for the orchestra is its outreach to people of all ages and backgrounds through its Learning and Participation programs. As the orchestra celebrates its 63rd year, the sound of the Academy is loved more than ever by classical audiences throughout the world.

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists,” was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, and in 2014, he was awarded with the prestigious Brahms prize. Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras, and his recordings include concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar, Lutosławski, Dutilleux and Tchaikovsky, which gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d'Or.

He recently had two world premieres of Cello Concertos by Andrew Norman with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich. Moser is renowned for his passionate focus on new music, recently commissioning works from six musicians. Moser plays on an Andrea Guarneri Cello from 1694, from a private collection.

Program 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV in G Major Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685-1750)
Cello Concerto in A Major No. 3
(Encore: Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Adagio and fugue in C minor K.546 Mozart
Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2 Corelli
La Folia 12 Concerti Grossi after Corelli’s Violin Sonatas  Geminiani
Chacony in G minor (arr. Britten) Purcell