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Concert


Bach, a Life in Music II


Weimar

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Bach, a Life in Music II
Weimar


Ensemble

Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction

Paul AGNEW


Cast

Hannah MORRISON, soprano
Maarten ENGELTJES, counter-tenor
Thomas HOBBS, tenor
Edward GRINT, bass


Program

Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen” BWV 182

Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” BWV 12

Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata "Widerstehe doch der Sünde" BWV 54

Johann Sebastian BACH - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61

"Bach, a Life in Music", second era: Weimar

"Bach's early cantatas are often conceived for the very limited musical resources he had at his disposal. They are not monumental works, but rather vocal pieces for a few singers and an ensemble of soloists, which were probably performed with a similar number of musicians to the one gathered for this concert. (...) They are also - surprisingly, considering the composer's youth and relative inexperience - some of his most beautiful and famous works." Paul Agnew

As a connoisseur of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Paul Agnew invites us to delve into the musical universe of the "Leipzig Cantor" through a series of concerts that follow the life of the composer. After a first episode devoted to the cantatas composed by Bach during his stays in Arnstadt (1703-1706) and Mühlhausen (1706-1708), the adventure continues in Weimar... involving the audience in a choral performance as part of a participatory encore!

 

"True to form, Les Arts Florissants make a three-century-old sacred music alive and vibrant to the ears of a lay audience", Bachtrack 

Concert recorded by France Musique radio at the Philharmonie de Paris France Musique FM CMJN F

 

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