Bach at Noon Wrap-Up

In addition to my preview of the Hilary Hahn recital this Saturday, I have a few smaller items for the blog.  One is to thank everyone who attended and performed at today’s Bach at Noon.  Charlotte Mattax-Moersch and her colleagues in the string section offered an exuberant and thrilling D-Minor Harpsichord concerto.  I grew up listening to Trevor Pinnock’s excellent essays of the concerti with his exceptional period instruments group, the English Concert, and until today, they’ve remained in my mind the gold standard, but Charlotte’s playing today had an exceptional elegance and panache.  What a treat!  Halfway through the concert, after the concerto, Charlotte switched to continuo organ, and she and her orchestral colleagues offered wonderful instrumental support to Bill Sharp and Rosa Lamoreaux, who offered a stunning Cantata No. 57 – which Greg noted was being heard in Bethlehem for the first time.   The challenging and probing texts were rendered with great beauty, and it was very moving to unite with the audience for the closing chorale.  I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour on a glorious fall day.  On tap for November is the last harpsichord solo harpsichord concerto of this cycle, the deeply elegant D-Major, as well as Cantata No. 129, a real thriller, complete with festive trumpets and timpani.  Join us at noon on Tuesday, November 8th for the 49th Bach at Noon!

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