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Bach and Beyond with The Giovanni Consort

posted 18 Jul 2011, 09:15 by Thomas Friberg   [ updated 8 Aug 2011, 21:11 ]
7:30pm 3 September, St Joseph's Catholic Church, Subiaco 

Works include: Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in A Major, Marc-Antoine Charpentier De Profundis ClamaviJohann Sebastian Bach Wir eilen mt schwachen, Johann Sebastian Bach Erbarme Dich from St Matthew Passion.

The Giovanni Players will join the Giovanni Consort in a program that features sacred works from three generations of baroque masters. The Mass in A major is one of the most elegant and charming of Bach’s Lutheran Masses and a work that looks back to earlier more conservative forms and forward to the gallant style of the late eighteenth-century.

Composed for the private funeral of Maria Thérèse, the wife of Louis XIV, the exquisite motet De profundis clamavi  was not only a personal tribute to a beloved royal patron, but a political and aesthetic statement for his own critics at the Court of the ‘Sun King’, as well as a treasure for all ages. At the end of his long life and prodigious career, Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) published a profound and formidable collection of Geistliches Chormusik in 1648. These motets are the foundation of his enduring reputation as one of masters of sacred music.
Thomas Friberg,
28 Jul 2011, 06:59