Bach Motets - Spring Concert 2019


30 March, 7.30pm
Bath Abbey
Tickets £15, all unreserved / 01225 463 362


Bath Bach Choir – Director: Nigel Perrin

Organ solos – Marcus Sealy

Continuo – Barbara Degener ('cello) Marcus Sealy (chamber organ)

Motet:   Komm, Jesu, komm 

Organ:  Toccata in the Dorian mode  

Motet:   Jesu, Meine Freude 


Motet:   Singet dem Herrn       

Organ:  Sonatina from Cantata 106             
             Sinfonia from Cantata 29           

Motet:   Lobet den Herrn 

This intimate concert, to be presented at the newly-restored east end of Bath Abbey, sees Bath Bach Choir return to its roots, showcasing two contrasting genres of Bach's genius. Interspersed with the choir's performance of four of his outstanding German motets, composed in the 1720s for the choir of St Thomas's Leipzig, Marcus Sealy will perform two of Bach's most scintillating organ works, using the full range of the abbey's magnificent Klais organ.

Bach spent his last 27 years as Kantor (director of music) at the Thomasschule attached to the church of St Thomas in Leipzig. His gruelling workload included teaching, producing music for services at four churches in the town, and providing compositions for important civic occasions. The motets were written during this extraordinarily busy period. In our concert we contrast the joyful sounds of Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, all ye heathens) and Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song) with the more contemplative Jesu, Meine Freude (Jesu, my joy) and Komm, Jesu, komm (Come, Jesu, come). Bach would occasionally have made use of organ and cello continuo in St Thomas's, and we will be using this authentic device for our concert also.

The last time BBC performed Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden it was in front of Bach's grave at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig – an unforgettable moment in this choir's history. We look forward to giving an equally inspiring performance on 30 March 2019.

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