Bath Bach Choir 70th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 1 July 2017
J S Bach Magnificat in D Mozart Great Mass in C minor
For this special concert, exactly 70 years on from its first public performance, Bath Bach Choir will perform two of the greatest works of the choral repertoire. Bach's Magnificat - Mary's song of praise - was composed for Vespers on Christmas Day 1723 in St Thomas's Leipzig. A masterpiece even by Bach's standards, the music is exuberant and gentle by turns, illuminating the text with absolute genius. Its three trumpets lend a regal pomp and celebratory brilliance, and are juxtaposed with some eloquent solo arias reflecting Mary's sense of humility.
Mozart had promised that if he married Constanze Weber he would write a mass for her and her sister to sing. His Great Mass in C minor was composed for a special occasion in Salzburg in 1783, although never finished. Full of Bach-influenced grandeur and colourful Italianate excesses, it calls for a double choir and two virtuosic solo sopranos, whose operatic coloratura arias are a highlight of the piece.
Conductor Nigel Perrin
Soprano: Verity Wingate Annas Sideris
Counter-tenor: Stephen Harvey
Tenor: Kieran White
Bass: Julien van Mellaerts