Bach’s Christmas Vespers 1723

Kings Place, Hall One

Saturday 10 December 2016, 7:30pm



Reserve tickets here

Jeremy Summerly conductor

Oxford Baroque present a unique, historically informed performance of JS Bach’s festive Magnificat, in its earlier E-flat version. Originally composed for the Christmas Day Vespers of 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, it would have featured significantly as part of the liturgical music for the service.

Drawing together information relating to the contemporary liturgy and knowledge we have of the other music performed there by Bach, this performance invites the listener to hear Bach’s exuberant masterpiece alongside the beautiful chant propers and polyphony of the stile antico, in the context for which it was originally intended.

The programme also features a magnificent cantata by Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor in Leipzig, formerly mistakenly attributed to Bach as Cantata 142.

JS Bach Magnificat, BWV 243a
Kuhnau Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Gabrieli Hodie Christus natus est
Franck Ein Kind ist uns geboren
with chorales and organ preludes