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Bach in Excelsis: The Mass in B Minor

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 19 March 202319:00
Performers
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Julia DoyleSoprano
Anna DevinSoprano
Hugh CuttingCountertenor
Hugo HymasTenor
Roderick WilliamsBaritone
Václav LuksHarpsichord, Director

Czech harpsichordist Vaclav Luks makes his debut with the OAE and at the Southbank Centre with a fresh chamber interpretation of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.

The Mass in B Minor rises from the musical landscape like a great cathedral. For Bach it was the culmination of a life’s journey. For those that come after it is a place of pilgrimage. Like so much else with Bach, the work had a very pragmatic beginning. It had started out as a project in 1733 to seemingly secure the Protestant composer a court title in Catholic Dresden; over the years he added further sections – each a self-contained triumph – although his ultimate intention for the work remains unclear. 

The Mass is one of the high peaks of human creativity. A compendium of sublime arias that takes relish in virtuoso solos from singers and instrumentalists with some of Bach’s most wondrously crafted choruses, Bach elevates the whole into a work of true heavenly dimensions.

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General booking opens 20 October 2022

Tickets: £5 - £82

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