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Bach & Vivaldi Concert – Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly

October 11, 2015

The Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly are one of my favourite French choirs if I'm in France and learn that they're giving a concert I make strenuous efforts to attend. The playlist below is them accompanied by the Orchestre le Collège de Musique Sacrée under the direction of François Polgar performing two of Bach's cantatas – BWV 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden and BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme together with Vivaldi Gloria RV589 at a concert given on April 7th 2015 at the Church of  Saint Honoré d'Eylau, Paris. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You'll find the performer information below the videos. Enjoy :-).


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Tölzer Knabenchor – J.S. BACH – Motet “Fürchte dich nicht” BWV 228 – YouTube

August 20, 2015

The boys of the Tölzer Knabenchor performing Bach's motet "Fürchte dich nicht" during a Sunday Service at Johanneskirche, Bad Tölz. Organ and continuo Clemens Haudum, the treble soloists are Elias Mädler, (right choir) and Pascal Pfeiffer (left choir) the director was Christian Fliegner. Enjoy :-).
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Buxtehude’s Nichts soll uns scheiden von der Liebe Gottes and its influence on Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude

March 19, 2015

Buxtehude's cantata Nichts soll uns scheiden von der Liebe Gottes (Nothing shall part us from the love of God) takes its title and theme from Romans 8: 35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV)

Buxtehude wrote it as a rondo with three couplets for soprano and alto and three for soprano, alto, and bass and his intent was a musical meditation – an aria, that took Paul's text and used as a repeated refrain with the repetitions being separated with strophes that loosely paraphrase the verses listing the various things and powers that are powerless in the face of God's love. It's a lovely piece of music that's well worth listening to both for itself and also because it greatly influenced Bach. You can hear this influence particularly clearly in "Jesu Meine Freude" the outline of which is generally the same with the same alternation of a one refrain leit-motiv, and caplets, and the alternation of homophony and counterpoint. Nor do the similarities stop there listen to how Buxtehude treats the exclamations of "nichts, nichts" and compare it to what you can hear in Bach's composition it's very clearly Bach paying homage to his teacher. Enjoy :-)


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J.S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

December 28, 2014

Sir John Eliot Gardiner chose to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in his own inimitable style: with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists he undertook an extended concert tour to perform the composer's entire known output of sacred cantatas at churches and concert halls all over Europe. The tour began at the Herderkirche in Weimar, where on 23rd and 27th December 1999 all six parts of the Christmas Oratorio were performed and recorded.

Bach's "Oratorio Performed Musically During the Holy Christmas Season in Both Principal Churches in Leipzig" - as the inscription on the printed libretto states - was written at the end of the year 1734/35. The "oratorio" is in fact a grouping of six cantatas and Bach intended the individual works to be performed on six separate feast days between Christmas and Epiphany. But in calling the piece an oratorio, is it possible that Bach perhaps intended a complete performance at a later date? This is unlikely. As the celebreated Bach scholar Albert Schweitzer wisely remarks, there is little to be gained by performing the entire oratorio in a single evening, since "the weary listener would be in no state to appreciate the beauty of the second part." A more plausible theory, perhaps, is that it was easier to sell a compilation of cantatas rather than individual copies. But Bach's real motives will probably remain hidden.

Enjoy :-)


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Documentary: Experiencing Bach – The performance and recording of a Bach Cantata

November 2, 2014

Documentary about the J. S. Bach Foundation. Find out more about this foundation who performs all Bach cantatas within 25 years.

One of the YouTube channels I keep an eye on is that of the Swiss J.S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen their goal is to perform J.S. Bach's complete vocal works in order to provide the public, in particular young people, with "a better understanding of the composer's work". This is harder than it sounds not least because these works – especially the cantatas are often relatively short but they still require an orchestra playing period instruments, a choir, and often soloists. All of this is quite expensive as you may imagine.  They've just upload a documentary (English dubbed) that shows the work and effort that goes into each performance. I found it fascinating. Enjoy :-).


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