No 30 Reformation cantatas

Sun 11th June 2017  »  8:00 pm
Gewandhaus, Großer Saal

– H. Schütz: Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, SWV 41 – H. Schütz: Nicht uns, Herr, sondern deinem Namen gib Ehre, SWV 43 – H. Schütz: Danket dem Herren, denn er ist freundlich, SWV 45 – J. S. Bach: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79 – J. S. Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 – J. S. Bach: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192

Miriam Allan (soprano), Amy Carson (soprano), Reginald Mobley (altus), Hugo Hymas (tenor), Robert Davies (baritone), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, direction: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Concert introduction: 7.15 pm, Gewandhaus, Schumann-Eck, Dr. Ann-Katrin Zimmermann und Dr. Michael Maul · no pre-concert talk in English
A Gewandhaus event

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Ticket prices: € 94,22 | 72,22 | 55,72 | 44,72 | 28,22 | 11,72
reduced: € 75,52 | 57,92 | 44,72 | 35,92 | 22,72 | 9,52

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Even the 100th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 1617, was celebrated with great pomp in numerous places. In Dresden, the Elector of Saxony organised a three-day celebration with church services, a banquet and gun salutes. The young court kapellmeister Heinrich Schütz provided a grandiose musical backdrop, with three large-scale psalm concertos. But even in non-anniversary years, festive music was always performed at Reformation Day church services during the Baroque period. It was for such occasions that Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig wrote the cantatas »Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild« and »Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott«, providing them with opulent orchestration and jubilatory vocal parts.

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