Johann Sebastian Bach
On Saturday, 16 December the choir and orchestra of the Lutherse Bach Academie will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Aa Church. The Christmas Oratorio comprises six cantates, which were performed in 1734-1735 on the feast days and Sundays between Christmas and Epiphany. This year the Lutherse Bach Academie will perform cantates I, II, V and VI.
Between Christmas and Epiphany
In the Christmas Oratorio the Evangelist tells of the events between Christmas and Epiphany and the choir and soloists respond. The first part opens with thundering timpani and is the religious version of the secular music Bach composed in 1733 for the birthday of Queen Maria Josepha of Saxony. It was a festive occasion, which explains the spirited and dancing rhythm of some of the chorales and arias.
Part II starts with the annunciation of the birth of Jesus to the shepherds (the oboes) by the angels (the violins and flutes). In the aria Schlafe mein Liebster, geniesse der Ruh the alto voice sings a lullaby for the Christ Child. The fifth part tells of the star that the three kings saw and how they went to see King Herod on their way to Bethlehem. In the sixth part the three kings have found Jesus in Bethlehem and in the opening choir we again hear the jubilant trumpets and timpani we heard in part I. In the final chorus we hear Herzlich tut mich verlangen, which is the same chorale melody as O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden.
The choir of the Lutherse Bach Academie has engaged a quartet of outstanding soloists: rising star Myriam Arbouz (soprano), the much lauded counter tenor Robert Kuizenga, the internationally acclaimed bass Harry van der Kamp and the versatile tenor Johannes Weiss for his first performance in Groningen.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Weihnachts-Oratorium cantate I, II, V & VI
Lutherse Bach Academie (project choir, soloists & baroque orchestra) directed by Tymen Jan Bronda
Myriam Arbouz (soprano)
Robert Kuizenga (counter tenor)
Johannes Weiss (tenor)
Harry van der Kamp (bass)
Admission: € 25 | € 20 friend | € 35 front rows
Pre-sales: Boekhandel Godert Walter Groningen, Oude Ebbingestraat 53 | Boekhandel Daan Nijman Roden, Heerestraat 87 and the shopping mall at the UMCG | CIGO-Overdiep Appingedam
Ticketshop: the Luthers Bach Ensemblle website.