Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen
Trevor Pinnock and the National Arts Centre Orchestra
Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
OTTAWA — Whatever issues there may have been with Trevor Pinnock’s 1991-1996 tenure as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, no one could deny that he was a superb performer and conductor of Baroque music, and particularly that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Founder of the English Concert and among the most esteemed harpsichordists of out time he has equally at home with modern and historical instrument Baroque ensembles over the last 40 years.
He has been back on the NACO podium several times since his departure, conducting Handel’s Messiah, among other things. And for this year’s Music and Beyond festival he was back with musicians of the orchestra to conduct two programs built around Bach’s four Orchestral Suites.
The second concert, given Sunday evening, included the even-numbered suites, those in B minor and D major. It also included Bach’s Violin Concerto in E minor and Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C.