Festival of Joy
Sunday 7 June, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree – £15
Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut (Exalted flesh and blood), BWV 173
Erwünschtes Freudenlicht (Desired light of joy), BWV 184
Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest (Most highly-desired festival of joy), BWV 194
A trio of cantatas drawn from earlier works, deftly reworked to suit their new contexts. The Pentecostal cantatas 173 and 184 find their roots in secular Serenatas written for Prince Leopold at Cöthen, their imagery ingeniously preserved so that association between words and music is unharmed. Cantata 194, written for the dedication of the church and organ at Störmthal in 1723, was probably also based on a lost Cöthen work and is revived here in full festal splendour for Trinity Sunday in 1724.