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JS Bach: Transfiguration

TIME UNWRAPPED 2018 | BACH WEEKEND 2018 | LONDON CHAMBER MUSIC SUNDAYS

JS Bach Cantata, BWV 125: ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’
Cantata, BWV 115 ‘Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit’
Sinfonia in B minor, from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
Cantata, BWV 106 (Actus tragicus) ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’

Faye Newton soprano
Clare Wilkinson mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Hurndall Smith tenor
Ben Davies bass
Martin Feinstein director
Feinstein Ensemble
London Bach Singers

Bach’s instrumentations evolved over the decades: modified by his own voracious search for new colours as well as his skilful assimilation of the latest advances in instrument building.

The three great cantatas in tonight’s programme demonstrate this metamorphosis perfectly. ‘Actus tragicus’, the earliest, and many would say the greatest of all his funeral cantatas, uses a beautiful 17th-century scoring which includes recorders and violas da gamba, whereas the later Leipzig cantatas ‘Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit’ and ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’ favour the 18th-century obbligato instruments: flute, oboe and cello.

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Clock6.30pm Sunday, 15th April 2018

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