Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 22.02.2015 12:00, Duke’s Hall

JS Bach Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
JS Bach Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201 (Make haste, make haste, you whirling winds)

Iain Ledingham director
Rachel Podger leader

Performed on period instruments

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Michael Papadopoulos organ

In 1737 Johann Adolph Scheibe criticised the ‘bombastic and confused substance’ of Bach’s music and his general tendency to obscure with ‘too much art’. This attack on Bach’s music may seem peculiar to our modern ears, but such themes were not in isolation. Indeed, Bach was caught up in a polemical clash: in 1749 Bach defended against charges that an intense musical education was harmful to youth. It is in the light of these attacks that Bach’s ‘Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde’ BWV 201 comes alive with political and cultural meaning.

The cantata is based on the Greek myth in which Phoebus Apollo is challenged to a musical contest. Bach uses a text by Picander, who adopts Ovid’s original, for his dramatic portrayal of musical conflict. With six solo vocal parts, two flutes, two oboes and strings, this dramma per musica is a story of striking contrast and emotional intensity.

All tickets allocated, returns only
Tickets £13 (concessions £10), season discounts available, on sale online now, by telephone 020 7873 7300 (weekdays, 10.00am–4.00pm).

Each cantata concert begins at midday and lasts around one hour. The Academy’s restaurant will be open for light refreshments from 10.30am until the start of each concert.

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