Bach at Christmas 2016

Bach at Christmas

Magnificat in Eb BWV 243a
Lutheran Mass in F Major BWV 233
Cantata “Süßer Trost” BWV 151

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

Charlotte Ashley
Angela Hicks
Hannah Morrison
Reginald Mobley
Peter Davoren
Eleanor Minney
Hugo Hymas
Graham Neal
Gianluca Buratto
Jake Muffett

2 December Frankfurt
3 December Groningen
5 December Berlin
6 December Munich
7 December Innsbruck
8 December Vienna
10 December Versailles
12 December London

In advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, this festive programme of works looked to transport audiences to 18th-century Leipzig for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of Süßer Trost to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach’s Magnificat. This run of concerts was the perfect follow-up to their critically acclaimed tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

The Bach at Christmas tour was dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and dear patron, Sir Ralph Kohn.

‘There has surely never been anyone quite like him in the history of music of the past hundred years. For Sir Ralph was a seminal figure: the fact that he was a fine musician and skilled singer in his own right gave additional significance to his exceptional generosity as a benefactor and discerning patron of performing groups and individuals over many years. The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists have lost not only a munificent patron but a great friend of music. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family’.
John Eliot Gardiner

SDG recorded this concert programme and released the recording on 13th October 2017 - to buy it or find out more please click here