Tag: <span>Bach</span>

Bach: B Minor Mass
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Bach: B Minor Mass

The Mass in B minor is Bach's only complete setting of the Mass and, though we hear it now as one unified work standing in its own right, Bach did not write it as such. Only towards the end of his life, probably around 1748-9, did he bring together earlier compositions into the one complete work.

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Bach and Buxtehude

'Lobet den Herrn' ('Praise the Lord, all ye nations') is one of Bach's famous set of six motets and represents four-part choral writing at its best. Completing the programme was 'Ad ubera portabimini' from Buxtehude's extraordinary collection of cantatas Membra Jesu nostri ('The limbs of our Jesus'). Bach walked 260 miles from Arnstadt to Lobeck to meet the Danish-German Buxtehude and to hear him play; we were delighted that many journeyed from all around to enjoy our performance of these two composers' wonderful music.

Baroque Splendour
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Baroque Splendour

The Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) is a series of cantatas originally written to be performed in the two most important churches in Leipzig on six different days between Christmas 1734 and the feast of Epiphany in 1735. It incorporates some of the finest movements of several secular cantatas that Bach had already written as birthday or other celebrations. (This performance featured cantatas 1-3 only; cantatas 4-6 will be performed at our concert in January 2017).

Bach’s St. John Passion
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Bach’s St. John Passion

"A tour de force! Well, what can I say? It was amazing, wonderful, especially the second part. I really had not expected anything like that and I wish I could sing!"

Bach’s Mass in B Minor
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Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Bach’s Mass in B Minor Duncan Saunderson conductor Helen Ashby, soprano Kate Ashby, soprano Stephen Burrows, countertenor Guy Cutting, tenor George Coltart, bass with the Summertown Players on period instruments, led by Simon Jones Full programme… Click here for Oxford Times review Excerpts…

16th May 2009 ~ St. Andrew’s Church
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16th May 2009 ~ St. Andrew’s Church

Saturday, 16th May 2009 at 8.00pm St Andrew’s Church Mozart Great Mass in C minor Ives Songs of Ariel (Premiere) Bach Agnus Dei from the Mass in B minor Haydn The Heavens are Telling Duncan Saunderson (conductor) Jane Sherriff & Catherine Young (soprano) Stephen Burrows (countertenor) Chris Watson (tenor) Tom Edwards (bass) with The Summertown Players led by Janet Froomes Excerpt from Mozart’s Great Mass in...

21st Jan 2006 ~ St. Andrew’s Church
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21st Jan 2006 ~ St. Andrew’s Church

Saturday, 21st January 2006, 8pm St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road, North Oxford Vivaldi Gloria Handel Utrecht Te Deum Britten Jubilate J. S. Bach Lobet den Herrn Ghislaine Morgan (soprano) Sue Young (soprano) Stephen Taylor (countertenor) Ben Linton (tenor) Tom Edwards (bass) With Summertown Players Antonio Vivaldi, “Il Prete Rosso” (“The Redhaired Priest”) was one of the greatest Italian baroque composers...

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29th Jan 2005 ~ St. Michael’s Church

Saturday 29th January 2005, 8.00 pm    St Michael’s Church Music by Bach, Purcell and Vaughan-Williams. Bach’s “Magnificat in D” was written for his new employers at Leipzig for a grand Christmas service in 1723. Purcell’s “My Heart Is Inditing”, his most opulent anthem, was written for the coronation of James II at Westminster Abbey in...

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Saturday, 26th June 2004 at 8pm St. Peter’s College Chapel, Oxford

In conjunction with Stanmore Choral Society Conducted by David Gould and Duncan Saunderson Handel, Zadok the Priest, Let the Bright Seruphim Mozart, Ave Verum, Laudate Dominum Gibbons, This is the Record of John Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Schubert, Ave Maria Haydn, Insanae et Vanae Curae Bruckner, Locus Iste Mendelssohn, Hear my Prayer Elgar, Give Unto the Lord, Ave Verum Stanford, Te Deum Stainer, God So Loved the...