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Cantatas for New Year | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday February 3, 2019 at 15:00
New College Chapel, Oxford
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Canata No 152, 'Tritt auf die Glaubansbahn' BWV 152 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata, 'Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?' BWV155 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata 'Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht' BWV 134a - Johann Sebastian Bach

Unique among Bach’s church music, Cantata 152 for the 1st Sunday after Christmas in 1714 is scored for recorders, viola d’amore, viola da gamba, and oboe. These ‘old fashioned’ instruments, chosen for their tender qualities, create an exquisitely delicate intimacy.

Cantata 155, written for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany in 1716, displays the 31 year old’s enchanting innovation at the Weimar court with one of the finest bassoon obbligati ever written.

The secular Cantata 134a is Bach’s first extant Cantata for New Year, written for 1st January 1719 whilst Kapellmeister in Köthen. Featuring two allegorical characters, Zeit (Time) and Göttliche Vorsehung (Divine Providence), they pour out blessings of fortune over Prince Leopold and his people of Anhalt-Köthen.

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