BACK BEDROOM BAROQUE by Liam Wilkinson
This is not a recording, circa 1998
of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Helmut Muller-Bruhl
but the orchestra themselves,
huddled in the back bedroom
for a private performance of Bachâ€™s
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor.
The Flautist can hardly raise his elbow
above the Harpsichordistâ€™s shoulders,
crammed as they are between several
Violinists and an antique dresser.
And Heir Muller-Bruhl, perched
on the unpacked box of saucepans,
knows that the risk of falling
into the clumsy cluster of musicians
is what lends this piece itâ€™s unique
blend of fury and exhilaration.