Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson


2:00PM Sunday, 18 November, 2018 NZST
Bach Magnificat - Chroma Chamber Choir

Bach Magnificat - Chroma Chamber Choir

Bach Magnificat: a programme of Renaissance and Baroque choral music
Chroma Chamber Choir
With chamber orchestra and soloists
Conducted by Pete Rainey

Chroma Chamber Choir, well-known for their precision, clarity and beautiful sound, present a programme of music celebrating the lead-in to Advent.

The featured work is the magnificent twelve movement Magnificat, one of J S Bach's best-loved choral works. The Magnificat is conceived on a grand scale, requiring five soloists, a five-part choir and, for its time, an unusually large orchestra consisting of three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings and continuo. For this performance soloists are mainly drawn from the choir demonstrating the depth of Chroma's talent. In its splendour and jubilation the work anticipates the great choruses of the later Mass in B minor and is an exhilarating and innovative ride through swift contrasts alive with freshness and vitality.

Opening the concert is the Spanish composer Victoria's beautiful a capella O Magnum Mysterium, the only truly Renaissance piece of the programme. It unfolds serenely until the final Alleluia dances in triple time and, with a welter of running notes, comes grandly to a close.

This is followed by the sparkling and joyous antiphonal work Hodie Christus natus est by the Dutch composer Sweelinck whose work straddled the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Chroma perform three choruses from Cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, (also known as Sleepers Wake) which is loved for its sensuous joy.

Also on the programme are the celebrated Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring) from Cantata BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life) and, played by the orchestra alone, the moving and richly melodic Air from Suite No.3 in D BWV 1068 (Air on the G string)


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