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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, established by Artistic Director Paul Dyer, is Australia's finest period instrument orchestra, made up of leading specialists in the performance of baroque and classical music.
Combining historical integrity with a distinctly fresh Australian style, the Orchestra is committed to energetic and lively programming, combining popular baroque and classical favourites with premire Australian performances of seldom heard masterpieces.
The musicians play from original edition scores and on instruments of the period. These have been restored or faithfully reproduced to recreate an eighteenth century orchestral sound and differ significantly from their modern equivalents - softer and more articulated with an often raw and earthy timbre.
Since its beginning in 1990, the Orchestra has been popular with both audiences and critics. In 1998 The Age proclaimed the Orchestra had "reached the ranks of the world's best period instrument orchestras." In 2001 The Guardian exclaimed the Orchestra's sold-out London Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall was "an event that just seemed to stop the audience in its tracks - and had everyone roaring for more...The whole concert was just bliss, every single stupendous second of it." And recently The Sydney Morning Herald described the Orchestra as "decidedly rapturous...deserving of every bit of the footstamping, cheering ovation."
The Orchestra's name pays tribute to the Brandenburg Concertos of JS Bach, whose musical genius was central to the baroque and classical periods.
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