No 106 Cantata Day: Chorale cantatas

Sat 17th June 2017  »  8:00 pm
Nikolaikirche
The cantata cycle of 1724/25

The Sweet Word – Cantatas for Trinity Time

– J. S. Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3 – J. S. Bach: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178 – J. S. Bach: Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114 – J. S. Bach: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 93

Solisten, Raphaël Favre (tenor), Marcus Niedermeyr (bass), Vozes del Ayre, Al Ayre Español, direction: Eduardo López Banzo (harpsichord)

Concert introduction: 7.00 pm, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Dr. Bernd Koska · Pre-concert talk in English: Dr. Andrew Talle

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Ticket prices: € 87,00 | 67,00 | 47,00 | 21,00
reduced: € 77,00 | 57,00 | 37,00 | 16,00

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s second year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig was almost entirely given up to chorales. For every Sunday and feast day, he composed a cantata based on an appropriate hymn. In doing so he worked closely with a librettist, whose identity we do not know, which lent the cycle great musical and poetic consistency. The chorale melody can always be heard in the opening and closing chorus, and is also occasionally hinted at in arias or recitatives. On this year’s Cantata Day at the Bach Festival you can hear ten chorale cantatas from the 1724/25 annual cycle, four of them performed in the evening concert by Al Ayre Español and Vozes del Ayre.

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