CANCELLED - Bach and the Dramatic Impulse

Bach the European 2020 pink background

Eamonn Dougan director

JS Bach Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67
Charpentier Le reniement de Saint Pierre, H 424
Purcell In guilty night (Saul and the Witch of Endor), Z 134
JS Bach Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105

Two of Bach’s most dramatic cantatas are placed side by side with powerful devotional music from France and England. Charpentier’s account of St Peter’s denial of Christ sets the gospel text in the style of a contemporary tragédie lyrique, culminating in an unforgettably intense final chorus to just two words, ‘flevit amare’ (‘he wept bitterly’). The three vocal protagonists of Purcell’s In guilty night narrate and enact King Saul’s visit to the Witch of Endor, building dramatic momentum with striking economy before its desolate last chorus sets the single word ‘Farewell’.

Performed on historical instruments.