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Whit Sunday | Oxford Bach Soloists

Sunday June 2, 2019 at 15:00
New College Chapel, Oxford
£15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s
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  1. Cantata ‘Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten’ (‘Wedding Cantata’) BWV 202 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Cantata, 'Wer mich liebet' BWV 59 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Cantata No 75 'Die Elenden sollen essen' BWV 75 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Barely arrived in Leipzig, Bach probably announced himself with Cantata 59 on Whit Sunday 1723 (16 May), six days before his family joined him. Eight days later, he began his first Leipzig cantata cycle with Cantata 75.

Consisting of 14 movements, this expansive cantata confirms Bach’s mighty enthusiasm as he entered upon his duties. The secular Cantata 202 for solo soprano was most likely composed for a wedding.

Traditionally thought to have been for his own wedding to Anna Magdalena in 1721, it contains one of the most celebrated of all Bach’s arias, Sich u¨ben im Lieben.

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