Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 04.11.2018 12:00, Duke’s Hall

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

BWV 197 Gott ist unsre Zuversicht
BWV 542 Fantasia and Fugue in G minor*
BWV 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo

Iain Ledingham director
Rachel Podger leader
James Orford organ*

Performed on historical instruments.

Bach is thought to have fashioned the cantata Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191, at Christmas 1745 from the Missa he had composed for presentation to the Elector of Saxony in 1733. Its three movements are most famous as the Gloria, Domine Deus and Cum sancto spiritu of the Mass in B minor. In BWV 191 the new texts for the aria and closing chorus allow us to marvel at the subtlety of Bach’s parody techniques, as well as the brilliance and colour of his instrumental and vocal writing. Envy the lucky couple for whose wedding in the late 1730s Bach composed the splendid cantata Gott ist unsre Zuversicht, BWV 197. With its ten movements, splendid choruses, full instrumental complement (including three trumpets and timpani), and generously formed arias, this is lavish celebratory music in Bach’s most exuberant vein.

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