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Song of Mary | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday August 2, 2020 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 135, 'Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder' BWV 135 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata No 10, 'Meine Seel erhebt den Herren' BWV 10 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 93, 'Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten' BWV 93 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Cantata No 107, 'Was willst du dich betrüben' BWV 107 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Cantata No 178, 'Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält BWV 178 - Johann Sebastian Bach

A mighty handful of cantatas takes us on journey from the Parable of the lost coin, to Mary’s Magnificat, to Peter’s great catch of fish and the feeding of the four thousand, and finally a warning of false prophets from the Sermon on the Mount. This rich panoply of music displays a unique fanatasia based on the ‘Passion Chorale’, a clamorous uproar of the whole world in the Song of Mary, and two movements which Bach thought sufficiently well of to include in the Schübler Chorale Preludes.The pathos-laden opening of Cantata 107 resembles the mournfully coloured orchestral score of the Trauerode, before revelling in lurid descriptions of Satan in the tenor aria with mocking vigorous leaps. A warning against ‘false prophets’ dressed in ‘sheep’s clothing’ cautions us in Cantata 178 with a magnificent bass aria depicting a tempestuous storm and wild sea waves that dash a ship to pieces.

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