Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 05.02.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall

Iain Ledingham director
Madeleine Easton leader
Joseph Beech organ*

JS Bach Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212
JS Bach 
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545*
JS Bach 
Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40

Performed on historical instruments.

Tickets £15 (concessions £12), season discounts available. Book from Tuesday 4th October 2016: By telephone 020 7873 7300, in person (Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm) and online

The two cantatas in this concert demonstrate Bach’s peerless stylistic range. The epic scale of the 1723 cantata for St Stephen’s Day Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested’) reflects its theme of Christ being incarnate to fight and defeat the devil. Its music encompasses a hardy militarism in its opening chorus, a veritable dance of the devil in its bass aria, a varied array of congregational chorales, deeply engaging recitatives, and a joyous tenor aria that is a tour de force for Bach’s wind band of oboes, horns and bassoon.

In contrast Mer Hahn en neue Oberkeet (‘We’ve a new lord of the manor’) — the Peasant cantata — is Bach’s burlesque collaboration with the librettist of the St Matthew Passion, Picander. A comic entertainment for the new Provost of villages in the Leipzig region, the work is full of good humour, popular song, and the sense that Bach must have appreciated a good drink and a good joke as well as the next man.

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