Steinitz Bach Players
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Jesu meine Freude BWV227
Das ist je gewisslich wahr SWV277
Komm, Jesu komm BWV229
Lutheran Mass in F BWV233
Singet dem Herrn BWV225
For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, London Bach Society's 27th Bachfest reflects the Lutheran influence on Bach's life and music. Joining Steinitz Bach Players in this specially commissioned programme is one of the jewels among professional consorts on the world stage today, Tenebrae.
Bach's motets are regarded as among the most challenging vocal music ever written, the zenith in this form of composition and uplifting in spirit that they inspire total immersion for audiences. There are six in the collection BWV 225-BWV230, the three best known of which are being performed with one of the Lutheran Masses this evening by one of the most exciting vocal consorts to emerge in recent years joining Steinitz Bach Players, guest artists the "phenomenal" (The Times) Tenebrae directed by their founder Nigel Short.
The "motet" dates from medieval times and its use was especially prominent in Luther's Germany. The Reformer, Theologian and Musician is said to have gathered his family together every evening after supper to sing motets, a living testament to his belief that the performance of music should not only be confined to church services, but be a living presence in the community and the home - parallels found in Bach's work and today in the upsurge in choral and community singing.
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