Song of Mary
Sunday 2 August, 3:00 pm - 4:40 pmFree – £15
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder (Ah Lord, poor sinner that I am), BWV 135
Meine Seel erhebt den Herren (My soul magnifies the Lord), BWV 10
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (Who only lets dear God rule), BWV 93
Was willst du dich betrüben (Why are you distressed), BWV 107
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt (If God the Lord is not on our side), BWV 178
A mighty handful of cantatas takes us on journey from the Parable of the Lost Coin, to Mary’s Magnificat, to Peter’s great catch of fish and the feeding of the four thousand, and finally a warning of false prophets from the Sermon on the Mount. This rich panoply of music displays a unique fanatasia based on the ‘Passion Chorale’, a clamorous uproar of the whole world in the Song of Mary, and two movements which Bach thought sufficiently well of to include in the Schübler Chorale Preludes.The pathos-laden opening of Cantata 107 resembles the mournfully coloured orchestral score of the Trauerode, before revelling in lurid descriptions of Satan in the tenor aria with mocking vigorous leaps. A warning against ‘false prophets’ dressed in ‘sheep’s clothing’ cautions us in Cantata 178 with a magnificent bass aria depicting a tempestuous storm and wild sea waves that dash a ship to pieces.