Classical Music Performance: J.S & C.P.E Bach: Ascension Oratorios

Arts Channel – Sunday 30 March, 8.00pm

J.S. and C.P.E. Bach’s beautiful Ascension Oratorios in a live recording from St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, performed by Belgian baroque instrumental and choral ensemble, La Petite Bande, directed by Sigiswald Kuijken. Since 1999, Leipzig has hosted the Leipzig Bach Festival, a major celebration of the work of J.S. Bach, and – by extension – his talented offspring. This concert is one of the highlights of the Leipzig Bach Festival 2004, which features La Petite Bande alongside the chamber choir Ex Tempore, also specialists in 17th and 18th century music. This concert features two of the most remarkable vocal works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his most famous son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel. The two-part cantata Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, also known as the Ascension Oratorio, has its origin in an older secular work and includes some arias which occur again in the B Minor Mass. The thematically related oratorio Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu by C.P.E. Bach originated 40 years later and is an important masterpiece of the genre, whose multi-faceted musical colours tell the story of the Ascension of Christ.

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