Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach CantatasSunday, 07.05.2017 12:00, Duke’s Hall
Iain Ledingham director
Rachel Podger leader
Andrzej Malitowski organ*
JS Bach Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150
JS Bach Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?, BWV 81
JS Bach Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562*
JS Bach Ihr Tore zu Zion, BWV 193
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
Johannes Brahms would have enjoyed today’s programme. He famously based the Finale of his Fourth Symphony on the chaconne theme which repeats throughout the last movement of Bach’s sombre early cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (‘Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul’) and, given his taste in seventeenth-century music, he presumably admired the rest of this fine example of Bach’s early art in what may be his earliest surviving cantata.
As a seasoned editor, Brahms would have appreciated the task of fleshing out the incomplete score of the cantata for the inauguration of the Leipzig Town Council Ihr Tore zu Zion (‘Ye gates of Zion’) so that it could once again be performed. And the outstanding drama and craftsmanship of Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (‘Jesus sleeps, what hope is there for me?’), telling the story of Christ calming the Sea of Galilee, would undoubtedly have earned the admiration of that great composer of Lieder.
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