Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Laudate Pueri Dominum
This summer Bath Bach Choir proudly presents an exciting and inspiring evening of orchestral and choral music by two Baroque masters. Join us in the awe-inspiring setting of Bath Abbey to hear some of the finest works of the 18th century!
The Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, such a delight for audiences over the centuries, will be played by the virtuoso Geldart Ensemble. These fine exponents of Baroque music also join the choir for Bach’s Magnificat in D major, marking the 300th anniversary of the first performance of this splendid work. Bach put his heart into writing this hymn of praise in order to prove his skills to his new employers in Leipzig, and audiences are still thrilled by those soaring sounds.
The choir will also perform two sublime pieces by one of Bach’s contemporaries, Marianna Martines, a lady admired by both Haydn and Mozart but whose compositions have been unjustly neglected for centuries – until now. Much-acclaimed in Vienna in her day, Martines was a genius, a trailblazer female musician, acknowledged by her contemporaries as one of the greatest of her age. The Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) is probably her finest composition, a sacred masterpiece; alongside this will be a rare opportunity to hear her remarkable setting of Laudate pueri dominum (Psalm 112).
As Bath Bach Choir continues to bring the finest musical performances to Bath, do come and join us for an evening of jubilation and splendour!
Geldart Ensemble – Rachel Stroud leader
Marcus Sealy organ
Benedict Collins Rice conductor
Tickets available from Bath Box Office in March 2024