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Out of Conflict...the Peace | Steinitz Bach Players

Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 19:30
St John's Smith Square, London
£35, £28, £22, £15
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  1. Cantata 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort' BWV 60 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor BWV 1043 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata, 'Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt' BWV 151 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F BWV 1046 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Steinitz Bach Players was founded in 1968 by Paul Steinitz in the most important musical decade of the 20th century. These years saw the full flowering of British musical life post WW2. London Sinfonietta, founded the same year, rolled back the boundaries in contemporary music and the influence of Britten and Pears at Aldeburgh was at its height. A golden generation of singers graced our stages...and Steinitz was advocating period-style playing on original instruments. A new orchestra was born.

With its historic Bach achievements under Steinitz well-stocked, the Steinitz Bach Players today plays a pivotal role in the annual London Bach Society Bachfest, appearing in concerts of the major works, cantatas or chamber music either self-directed or with a guest conductor, joined by a stellar assembly of the very best musicians. Their achievements include the UK première of a newly discovered Bach Aria in 2005 and the UK première of Bach's St Matthew Passion in its early version presented in 2013.

This year marks 400th anniversary of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) and 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The fall-out of both profoundly influenced cultural life in their succeeding decades – for Bach and his compositional style and for the new British Bach revival that gathered momentum post 1918 and in which the London Bach Society has played a seminal role.

In remembrance, our programme 'Out of conflict…peace' runs the gamut of human emotion, from fear and hope in Cantata 60 to unalloyed joy in the first Brandenburg as only JS Bach can create it and performed by some fabulous musicians of today.

This concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of Steinitz Bach Players and is part of the London Bach Society's 28th Bachfest

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