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Morning star | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday December 9, 2018 at 15:15
New College Chapel, Oxford
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Cantata No 61, 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland' (Advent Cantata) BWV 61 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Durchlauchtster Leopold BWV 173a - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 186, 'Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht' BWV 186 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Cantata No 132, 'Bereitet die Wege' BWV 132 - Johann Sebastian Bach

A rousing French ‘Ouverture’, plucked strings depicting the gentle knocking of the Christ, and divine angels hovering round the manger: Bach’s popular ‘Nun komm der Heiden Heiland’ BWV 61 opens this concert of Advent Cantatas with rapturous expectation.

For the Third Sunday of Advent, Cantata 186a hold us in breathless suspense with its arresting, unexpected dissonances. Cantata 132 for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 'Prepares the way' with eager running passages abound, and extravagant kaleidoscopic colours.

The congratulatory ‘birthday’ cantata Durchlauchster Leopold was written for the 28th birthday of Bach’s employer, Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen, on 10th December, and is full of dances and courtly praise.

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