An evening of baroque music: JS Bach’s Cantata No 10, (words from the Magnificat), side by side with Buxtehude’s setting of the same text; Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and his ever-popular orchestral piece The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Violinist Philip Montgomery-Smith will also play JS Bach’s E Major Concerto. The conductor will be Christopher Gray.
There will be four outstanding vocal soloists, all with strong connections to Cornwall: soprano Cheryl Rosevear,
Tickets (£21-£12, under-18’s FREE on the night
The name Dietrich Buxtehude may not trip off the tongue as readily as Bach or Handel when we think of Baroque composers, but he was a giant of the European musical world in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In 1705, the twenty-year-old Bach famously made a pilgrimage to hear the great Buxtehude play in Lübeck, getting in trouble for taking some four months off work when he had agreed just one with his employers in Arnstadt. The first half of the concert will open with Buxtehude’s graceful and beautiful setting of the Magnificat (the ‘Song of Mary’ from St Luke’s gospel that starts “My soul doth
After that Bach’s ‘Fuga
Bach’s cantata no 10, ‘Meine
The evening ends with an ebullient, virtuosic jewel in the crown of the Baroque period, Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus'. This thirty-minute setting of Psalm 110 was composed when Handel was only 22 years old. It is bursting with musical invention and vitality, and you can almost sense Handel’s excitement at being in Italy for the first time and his delight at the enthusiasm with which he was received.