RCM Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra
Royal College of Music Chamber Choir
Ashley Solomon, director
JC Bach Symphony in D major Op. 18 No. 6
JS Bach Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille BWV 120b
WF Bach Sinfonia in F major FK 67
JS Bach O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe BWV 34
RCM’s annual Bach Cantatas concert returns in the spring with a programme showcasing the great Johann Sebastian and two of his sons.
The orchestra opens with Johann Christian, the youngest son and so called ‘English Bach’, who had settled in London. His forward-looking musical style is said to have influenced the concertos of Haydn and Mozart. Wilhelm Friedemann, the oldest son, was known as the ‘Halle Bach’, a reference to his post as music director at the Church of Our Lady in Halle. His Sinfonia, which carries the nickname ‘Die dissonanzen’ (the dissonances), is abundant with harmonic surprises.
The choir joins forces with our period orchestra for two sublime sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian. God, one praises You in the temple written for the installation of a new city council in Leipzig and O eternal fire, o source of love composed for Pentecost Sunday.