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The last hour | Oxford Bach Soloists

When
Sunday September 9, 2018 at 15:15
Where
New College Chapel, Oxford
Tickets
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Concerto for keyboard and strings in F BWV 1057 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Chorale Prelude 'Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen' BWV 727 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 161, 'Komm, du süsse Todesstunde' BWV 161 - Johann Sebastian Bach

When Bach decided to transcribe his Brandenburg Concerto No 4, BWV 1049 into the Keyboard Concerto in F, BWV 1057, he created something exceptionally effective from the triple concerto for violin and two recorders. Inspired by the endless possibilities, the harpsichord is deployed in ingenious ways with a wealth of timbres. Bach’s Cantata Komm, du süße Todesstunde is of indescribable charm, the sound of two recorders charactering the peaceful, spiritualised tone that prevails. This mournfully-happy piece is just one of Bach’s many sermons on the hour of death, and contains the German hymn-melody which is best known in this country, the so-called Passion Chorale, HL Hassler’s ‘Herzlich thut mich verlange’, on which Pachelbel set his Chorale and 7 Variations.


Venue
New College Chapel
Holywell Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BN
England
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