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JS Bach: Transfiguration

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Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
On Sunday 15 April 2018 at 18:30
Performers
Faye NewtonSoprano
Clare WilkinsonMezzo-soprano
Nicholas Hurndall SmithTenor
Ben DaviesBass
Martin FeinsteinChoirmaster / chorus director
Feinstein Ensemble
London Bach Singers

Bach’s instrumentations evolved over the decades: modified by his own voracious search for new colours as well as his skilful assimilation of the latest advances in instrument building. The three great cantatas in tonight’s programme demonstrate this metamorphosis perfectly. ‘Actus tragicus’, the earliest, and many would say the greatest of all his funeral cantatas, uses a beautiful 17th-century scoring which includes recorders and violas da gamba, whereas the later Leipzig cantatas ‘Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit’ and ‘Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin’ favour the 18th-century obbligato instruments: flute, oboe and cello.

Part of Time Unwrapped 2018 and Bach Weekend 2018: Time Changes at Kings Place 

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