Bach Cantatas: Trinity Season

Bach Weekend with the Monteverdi Choir

Portrait of Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists conclude their Bach weekend in a blaze of hope.

‘Soar joyfully on high’: in Bach’s universe, joy was the natural outcome of prayer. In the third and final concert of John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach cantata weekend, four cantatas tread a path from hope to affirmation, in music of limitless beauty and depth.

Indeed, Wachet auf, is probably one of the most familiar of all Bach’s 200-plus cantatas. But these artists know that it’s just one jewel amidst near-limitless musical riches. Gardiner’s unsurpassed ability to ‘convert knowledge into a profound sense of what makes the music work’ (The Spectator) means that his Bach speaks to both heart and soul.

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