The four orchestral suites, BWV 1066-1069
The four orchestral suites of Johann Sebastian Bach are superb examples of the composer's innovative mastery of the many dance forms so popular throughout the courts of eighteenth-century Europe. From lively to sedate, on display are all manner of dances from elegant sarabandes to vivacious gigues and rondeaux. Included among these courtly treasures are the world-famous "Badinerie" for solo flute, strings, and continuo (from Suite No. 2), and the lovely "Air on the G String" (from Suite No. 3).