Venue: RNCM Concert Hall
Date: Saturday 7 March 2015 7:30 PM
Promoter: St George's Singers
J S Bach Magnificat in D major BWV 243
Dietrich Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV 75
St George’s Singers is one of the most highly regarded large choirs in the North West with a reputation for versatility, enterprise and choral excellence. In this concert they bring together two contrasting works of the baroque period which make distinctly different demands on the performers. The choir is accompanied by the Northern Baroque Orchestra and joined by soloists from the RNCM.
Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri composed in 1680 is a cycle of seven cantatas for Holy week. Each tenderly contemplates a different part of Christ’s body and the text and the dramatic but sober grandeur of the settings create emotional impact fitting for the season of Lent.
J S Bach revised his earlier Magnificat in E flat major for Easter 1733, transposing it to the much brighter D major. It is a work conceived on a grand scale, calling for five soloists, a five-part choir and a large orchestra and in its splendour, joy and occasional flamboyance is a forerunner of the B Minor Mass.