Rachel Podger director
Zelenka Hipocondrie à 7 concertanti in A, ZWV 187 JS Bach Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 Muffat Sonata No 5 in G from Armonico tributo JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F, BWV 1046
A highlight of the Weimar cantata output, Widerstehe doch der Sünde demonstrates the ‘fresher’ style of the young composer before he moved to Leipzig. The first in the set of Brandenburg Concertos, written for Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, reveals myriad instrumental styles that are evident in repertory throughout Bach’s lifetime. These works are presented alongside pieces by leading contemporaries in Central Europe: the Czech composer Zelenka spent most of his professional life in the royal court of Dresden, while Muffat suavely incorporated French styles into German music.
Performed on historical instruments.