Monthly Archives: April 2014

Wednesday Update

Above are our excellent gambists and recorder players, playing the opening sonata from Cantata 106.  The gut strings of the gambas have a richness and resonance that harkens to another age, as does the pure, rossignol-like tone of the recorders. … Continue reading

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Festival Repertoire: Young Meister Bach, and an update

  Watch the video above for an introduction to and taste of Saturday morning’s performances of our new comic opera.  You can also read more about the process of bringing it to life, both at our Family Concert, and at the German … Continue reading

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Festival Celebration: Happy Anniversary, Dr. Leaver!

  I count myself extremely fortunate to have studied sacred music with our program annotator par excellence, Dr. Robin Leaver, at Westminster Choir College, in the early 90s.  I was already acquainted with his work in the form of his wonderful … Continue reading

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Festival Repertoire: The Mass in B-Minor, A Return to the Summit

In my music library, I have, at last count, thirteen recordings of the Mass in B-Minor (not to mention the several books on the subject).  You could say that I’m a bit of a connoisseur – several times a year, I listen to … Continue reading

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Festival Repertoire: Cantata 34, O Light Everlasting

The first time I sang it with the Bach Choir, Cantata 34 was more like “O Höllische Feuer.” We had been invited to lead a cantata service at the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, which was held, … Continue reading

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Festival Repertoire: Cantata 78, Jesu, Thou Who My Soul

Cantata 78 was composed for the 14th Sunday after Trinity, and first performed on September 10, 1724.   The text of this cantata is somewhat dark, charting the depth of sin and shame, wrapping it in the sacrifice of Christ, … Continue reading

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Festival Repertoire: Cantata 19, There Arose a Great Strife

After dinner on Friday, the Bach Festival makes a switch from the intimacy of a small instrumental group and choir, to the grandeur of some of Bach’s most epic cantatas, with full choir, a big orchestra (relative to Bach’s time) … Continue reading

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