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Video on demand: Importance of Human Contact | Bach, the Universe & Everything

Orchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentRecorded at Kings Place: Hall One, London, United Kingdom
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Dr Dickon BevingtonSpeaker
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Zoe BrookshawSoprano
Emma WalsheSoprano
Bethany Horak-HallettSoprano
Eleanor MinneyMezzo-soprano
Jeremy BuddTenor
Tom RobsonTenor
Jonathan BrownBass
Dominic SedgwickBaritone

If this is your first Bach, the Universe and Everything (BUE), welcome! We like to think of the series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig where he produced cantatas at an extraordinary pace providing innovative music for the weekly services at the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we come together for a thought-provoking cantata and a talk from a leading scientist. In today’s concert, we’ll hear from Dr Dickon Bevington from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families about how our lack of human contact during the lockdown has affected our sense of ‘self’ and allowed our imaginations to ponder the unspoken. For our cantata, we present BWV 39 which is based on Isaiah 58: 7-8, about offering food and shelter to those in need. Listen out for the chorus which starts with a step-motif that suggests the poor are staggering along in exhaustion, but then evolves to an intensely emotional, rapid fugue in two parts, depicting the warm welcome of shelter. The choice of this work is especially meaningful as this concert is the first time that the OAE has been able to return to its home venue of Kings Place, London since the lockdown began.

Stay with this till the end. It's worth it. [AK, Bachtrack]

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