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Come unto him | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday September 6, 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 94, 'Was frag ich nach der Welt' BWV 94 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata No 101, 'Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott' BWV 101 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 113, 'Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut' BWV 113 - Johann Sebastian Bach

From July 1724 onwards, Bach must have had access to an exceptionally talented flautist for whom, in the months that followed, he regularly composed unusually demanding music. This unknown player possessed remarkable virtuosity on an instrument that was then still a novelty, and the opening bars of Cantata 94 must have surprised the connoisseurs among the Leipzig congregation. Cantata 101, based on the Martin Moller’s chorale (1584) which he had written during a time of plague, displayed yet more of this fine flautist’s skill in the first aria. Our virtuoso returns to dance with the tenor in Cantata 113 before ushering in a paraphrase of the famous passage used in Handel’s Messiah ‘Come unto Him, all ye that labour’.

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