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 Orchestra 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.

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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