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Bach Cantatas: Easter to Ascension

Bach Weekend with the Monteverdi Choir

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John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists get to the heart of our Bach weekend with four richly emotional masterpieces.

'It’s the combination of unflinching rigour and a wonderful power to comfort that makes him unique' says John Eliot Gardiner of J S Bach, and the four sacred cantatas at the heart of his Bach weekend sweep from conflict to joyous fulfilment.

Bach ‘was writing this music for a very specific moment, for a very specific time of year, in a very specific liturgy in a parochial context’ says Gardiner. ‘And yet such is the breadth of his vision that it can reach us now.’ These four works speak directly about eternal things – and these performers have genuinely lived with them.

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