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Help my unbelief | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday November 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. Cantata No 48, 'Ich elender Mensch' BWV48 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata No 162, 'Ach! ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe' BWV 162 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 109, 'Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben' BWV 109 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Cantata No 89, 'Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?' BWV 89 - Johann Sebastian Bach

The cantatas Bach was writing at this time deal with the theme of Christians rejecting the material world and its temptations so as not to risk losing union with God. Cantata 162 relates to the parable of the royal wedding feast to which ‘many are called but few are chosen’.

The inner conflict between belief and doubt in Cantata 109 is depicted by sharp switches between two ‘voices’ sung by the same person, and the contrast between human imperfection and divine grace is brought out in the remarkable bass aria which opens Cantata 89.

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