Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas

Sunday, 02.12.2018 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 195 Dem Gerechten muß das Licht immer wieder aufgehen
BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
BWV 248vi Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (Christmas Oratorio Part 6)

Iain Ledingham director
Margaret Faultless leader

Performed on historical instruments.

In this final concert of the series two celebratory cantatas preface the final cantata of the Christmas Oratorio. In the form that it has come down to us, Dem Gerechten muß das Licht immer wieder aufgehen, BWV 195, is a revision from the late 1740s of an earlier wedding cantata. Conceived on a luxurious scale, it must have been written for some wealthy Leipzig citizens. The text’s many references to justice suggest that the groom may have been a prominent lawyer or jurist. The solo soprano cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51, is a true virtuoso showpiece: as justly famous for its splendid trumpet obbligato as for its compelling concerto-like vocal writing. Part 6 of the Christmas Oratorio tells the story of the adoration of the Magi. Its jubilant tone, with a return to the brilliant key of D major from Part 1, is darkened by the final chorale that looks forward to Christ’s Passion. How fitting to end with a narrative that is both a conclusion and a pointer to the future.

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