Graupner Overture in E flat major GWV 429
Telemann Viola Concerto in G major
Bach Cantata No 18 'Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt'
Bach Cantata No 81 'Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?'
Telemann Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt
Bach Cantata 181 'Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister'
Julia Doyle, soprano
Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Mulroy, tenor
Matthew Brook, baritone
John Butt, director
When Bach took up the position as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1723, he could hardly have anticipated the indelible imprint his appointment would have upon the future of western classical music. One of his main duties was to compose liturgical cantatas for every Sunday and feast day of the church year, and in his first four years along he composed an astonishing 150 cantatas. 300 years on from that historic appointment, we look back at his first cantata cycle, and the rich creative environment that surrounded him as he made musical history.
‘John Butt and the Dunedins approach the scores from a scholarly angle... but it’s the heart rather than the head that informs their music-making’ BBC Music Magazine
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