Come Unto Him
Sunday 6 September, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree – £15
Was frag ich nach der Welt (Why enquire after the world), BWV 94
Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott (Take away from us, Lord, faithful God), BWV 101
Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut (Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good), BWV 113
From July 1724 onwards, Bach must have had access to an exceptionally talented flautist for whom, in the months that followed, he regularly composed unusually demanding music. This unknown player possessed remarkable virtuosity on an instrument that was then still a novelty, and the opening bars of Cantata 94 must have surprised the connoisseurs among the Leipzig congregation. Cantata 101, based on the Martin Moller’s chorale (1584) which he had written during a time of plague, displayed yet more of this fine flautist’s skill in the first aria. Our virtuoso returns to dance with the tenor in Cantata 113 before ushering in a paraphrase of the famous passage used in Handel’s Messiah ‘Come unto Him, all ye that labour’.