Gloriana is delighted to announce its fourth and final concert for the year, Magnificat, which will take place on Sunday, 27 November 2016.
What better way to welcome in the Christmas season than with Bach! This concert we present three of Bach’s most imposing works for Advent and Christmastide, all of which are new to our repertoire.
The Magnificat BWV 243 was first heard on Christmas Day 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
Filled with vivid musical imagery and an intoxicating sense of joy, the Magnificat is one of Bach’s most celebrated works. Cantata BWV 63, Christen ätzet diesen Tag is Bach’s earliest extant cantata for Christmas, most likely composed for Weimar in 1713.
The festive character of the music is enhanced by the lavish instrumental forces required: in addition to strings and continuo, four trumpets, timpani and three oboes are called for – an unprecedented scoring in Bach’s cantatas.
Cantata BWV 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo is a later work, dating from 1745. The brilliant and colourful music in this cantata was later used in the Gloria of the Mass in B minor.
For this program, Gloriana is thrilled to be joined by a handpicked orchestra of period instrumentalists and a quartet of distinguished soloists.
We look forward to sharing this magnificent music with you.
Gloriana Chamber Choir and Chamber Players directed by Andrew Raiskums
Magnificat, BWV 243
Christen ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191
Soprano soloist: Erika Tandiono
Alto soloist: Hamish Gould
Tenor soloist: Timothy Reynolds
Bass soloist: Jerzy Kozlowski
Tickets: $35. Purchase tickets now.
(03) 8319 0942 $15. Student Rush tickets available at the door
Time and Venue
Sunday, 27 November at 2.30pm
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, cnr of Rathdowne and Pelham Sts, Carlton
Image: Murillo: The Annunciation (1665)