On May 10th, we heard a really wonderful Baroque music concert by Ensemble Musical Offering. The C.P.E Bach program consisted of the Concerto in G Major, Wq. 169, for Flute, Stings, and Basso Continuo; Sonata in G Major, Wq. 144, for Flute, Violin, and Basso Continuo; and Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 23 for Harpsichord and Strings. All of these pieces were extremely well done, with Professor Linda Perekstra, a highly regarded performer on baroque flute doing the soloist duties on two very demanding pieces. I found the Bach pieces fascinating, and observed that C.P.E. Bach frequently had a very modern sound, with motifs that he in fact established.
Besides playing the Basso Continuo for the two flute pieces, Jory Vinokur, prize-winning harpsichordist, played in the Concerto in D Minor, and also gave us a selection of pieces de clavecin, by Rameau, which included "Le Rappel des Oiseaux," "L'Entretien Les Muses," "Les Tourbillions," and "Les Cyclopes," among others. Georgie, who is an aficionado of Rameau declared that she knows these pieces by heart, has never heard them better done, and heard ornamentations she has never heard before.