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01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130325

Live from St George's, Bristol

Presented by Tom Service

As part of Baroque Spring on Radio 3 and the Bristol Baroque Festival: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and John Butt perform Bach cantatas and concertos.

J S Bach:

Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G

Cantata No 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde

Choir of the Enlightenment

Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

John Butt director/harpsichord

The first of five consecutive nights of dazzling Baroque to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 sees the OAE under the direction of renowned Bach expert and harpsichordist John Butt. Together they present the timeless wonders of two of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, alongside a pair of oft overlooked cantatas that feature a wealth of masterly detail.

01Radio 3 Live In Concert20130329

Live from St George's, Bristol

Presented by Tom Service

The BBC Singers, with St James's Baroque, conducted by David Hill present a concert of sacred music for Good Friday.

J S Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus) (BWV 106)

J S Bach: Jesu, meine Freude (BWV 227)

St James's Baroque

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

Concluding this week's Bristol Baroque Festival at St George's, the BBC Singers and period-instrument band St James's Baroque present a programme of music by that father-figure of the Baroque period: J S Bach himself. On this most solemn day of the church year, the first half of the concert presents two pieces intended for funerals. The 'Actus Tragicus' is one of Bach's earliest cantatas, with texts, from both the Bible and the works of Luther, which quote two of the final utterances of Christ from the Cross. 'Jesu, meine Freude', one of the most striking of all Bach's choral works, with an extraordinary symmetrical mirror-structure, was composed in 1723 for the funeral of the wife of the Leipzig Postmaster, and explores the idea of Christ freeing mankind from sin and death.

After the interval, one of the most intriguing of all Bach's works - the incomplete torso that is his setting of the Passion according to St Mark. Far less well-known than its mighty companions the St John and St Matthew Passions (after its last performance in 1744 much of the score disappeared, with just the libretto giving a full picture of what has been lost), the surviving music shows this to be a tantalising masterwork by one of the greatest composers of the 18th century.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130325

Live from St George's, Bristol

Presented by Tom Service

As part of Baroque Spring on Radio 3 and the Bristol Baroque Festival: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and John Butt perform Bach cantatas and concertos.

Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D

Cantata No 9: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her

Choir of the Enlightenment

Soloists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

John Butt director/harpsichord

The first of five consecutive nights of dazzling Baroque to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 sees the OAE under the direction of renowned Bach expert and harpsichordist John Butt. Together they present the timeless wonders of two of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, alongside a pair of oft overlooked cantatas that feature a wealth of masterly detail.

02 LASTRadio 3 Live In Concert20130329

Live from St George's, Bristol

Presented by Tom Service

The BBC Singers, with St James's Baroque, conducted by David Hill present a concert of sacred music for Good Friday.

J S Bach: St Mark Passion (BWV 247)

St James's Baroque

BBC Singers

David Hill (conductor)

Concluding Baroque Spring on Radio 3 and this week's Bristol Baroque Festival at St George's, the BBC Singers and period-instrument band St James's Baroque present a programme of music by that father-figure of the Baroque period: J S Bach himself. On this most solemn day of the church year, the first half of the concert presents two pieces intended for funerals. The 'Actus Tragicus' is one of Bach's earliest cantatas, with texts, from both the Bible and the works of Luther, which quote two of the final utterances of Christ from the Cross. 'Jesu, meine Freude', one of the most striking of all Bach's choral works, with an extraordinary symmetrical mirror-structure, was composed in 1723 for the funeral of the wife of the Leipzig Postmaster, and explores the idea of Christ freeing mankind from sin and death.

After the interval, one of the most intriguing of all Bach's works - the incomplete torso that is his setting of the Passion according to St Mark. Far less well-known than its mighty companions the St John and St Matthew Passions (after its last performance in 1744 much of the score disappeared, with just the libretto giving a full picture of what has been lost), the surviving music shows this to be a tantalising masterwork by one of the greatest composers of the 18th century.