J S Bach: Magnificat in D
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm Bath Abbey
Verity Wingate soprano
Anna Sideris soprano
Stephen Harvey counter-tenor
Kieran White tenor
Julien van Mellaerts bass
Conductor: Nigel Perrin
Tickets £12, £17, £22, £27, £30
Bath Box Office 01225 463 362
For this special concert, exactly 70 years on from its first public performance, Bath Bach Choir will perform two
of the greatest works of the choral repertoire. Bach’s Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise – was composed for
Vespers in St Thomas’s Leipzig on Christmas Day 1723. A masterpiece even by Bach’s standards, the music is
exuberant and gentle by turns, illuminating the text with absolute genius. Its three trumpets lend a regal pomp
and celebratory brilliance, and are juxtaposed with some eloquent solo arias reflecting Mary’s sense of humility.
Mozart had promised that if he married Constanze Weber he would write a mass for her and her sister to sing.
His Great Mass in C minor was composed for a special occasion in Salzburg in 1783, although never finished.
Full of Bach-influenced grandeur and colourful Italianate excesses, it calls for double choir and two virtuosic solo
sopranos, whose suitably operatic coloratura arias are a highlight of the piece.