Iain Ledingham director
Gabrieli Canzon seconda and Canzon quarta a 4 from Canzoni per sonare (1608)JS Bach Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, BWV 50Marcello/JS Bach Concerto in D minor, BWV 974Monteverdi Beatus vir, SV 268JS Bach O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe I, BWV 34
Like many German composers of his era, Bach’s engagement with Venetian music was far-reaching and profound. His appropriation of Vivaldi’s compositional principles has received much attention in recent years, but in this concert we focus on less familiar points of contact, including a powerful reimagining of the ‘separated choirs’ tradition that emanated from the architecture and musical practice of St Mark’s Basilica in the early 17th century, an inspired embellishment of a Venetian classic, and a cantata that has all the exuberance of Monteverdi.
Performed on modern instruments.