Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are widely regarded as the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era. They've proved so inspiring that New York's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra created The New Brandenburg Project, commissioning six new works by six different composers inspired by Bach's originals. The results are stunning new pieces inspired by Bach and pulling in other influences from the opening of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to the poetry of the Orkney Isles. The pieces are performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory and written by Aaron Jay Kernis, Melinda Wagner, Peter Maxwell Davies, Christopher Theofanidis, Stephen Hartke and Paul Moravec. The BMOP is dedicated to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The musicians of BMOP are consistently lauded for the energy, imagination and passion with which they infuse the music of the present era.
Aaron Jay Kernis – Concerto with Echoes (inspired by Brandenburg No. 6)
Melinda Wagner – Little Moonhead (inspired by Brandenburg No. 4)
Peter Maxwell Davies – Sea Orpheus (inspired by Brandenburg No. 5)
Christopher Theofanidis – Muse (inspired by Brandenburg No. 3)
Stephen Hartke – A Brandenburg Autumn (inspired by Brandenburg No. 1)
Paul Moravec – Brandenburg Gate (inspired by Brandenburg No. 2)