Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with the London Handel Orchestra.
Richard Cooke – Conductor
Esther Brazil – Soprano
David Allsopp – Counter-tenor
Robin Bailey – Tenor
David Ireland – Bass
Two giants of music history, Handel and J.S.Bach were born in the same year in Germany in 1685, and both have dominated the world of choral music since that time. Having opened the Festival with Handel we close with Bach. The Mass in B minor evolved over many years in various sections, some of which Bach himself directed, but it was only put together as the complete Mass during the 100 years after his death. The entire work was not performed in his lifetime. Remarkably, it knits together to form one of the most imposing and challenging compositions of all time, overwhelming in its grandeur, inward intensity and breadth of expression, its architectural span retaining a strong sense of overall cohesion.
Canterbury Choral Society have given acclaimed performances of this great work in past years, and together with the period-instrument London Handel Orchestra, relish the opportunity to perform it in this year’s Canterbury Festival.
Tickets from Festival Website www.canterburyfestival.co.uk or Festival Box Office 01227787787