Born in 1716, he appears to have studied and worked primarily in the region of Dresden and MeiBen, writing Lutheran cantatas
, secular vocal music, and instrumental music, surviving mosdy in copies made by an amateur musician and painter in MeiBen, Carl Jacob Christian Klipfel.
The last piece on the CD, the Christmas cantata
Laetentur coeli et exsultet terra, expresses the composer's joy at the Nativity of the Lord by means of a jubilant counterpoint in contemporary tonality.
Rameau though of cantatas
as mini-operas, complete with characterizations and a ranee of emotions withinhigh drama.
Tickets go fast; selling especially briskly this year are the Magnificat and cantatas
19 and 130.
One may find records of the same cantata
with the same poetic text with an original title written with a different spelling, thus leading to a negative search result.
The German composer's Christmas cantata
of 1725, Unsere Mund sei voll Lachens (May our mouths be full of laughter), made for an uplifting start.
Engebreth ended the concert by singing Andre Capra's cantata
Even music lovers with the most cursory knowledge of Bach would feel familiar with this inspirational playing of the lively Sinfonia from Cantata
No 174 which draws from the first movement of the Third Brandenburg Concerto.
With the Cantatas
I passed on using a subwoofer (the system has a 10-inch woofer), and the LCR7 systems used the Basis 150 sub, with the sub/ sat crossover duties performed by a Paradigm X-30 unit set to 80 Hz.
The Saturday, December 17 concert, under choir director Alan Oyston, will include music from the Renaissance as well as two cantatas
by J S Bach and, from the 20th Century, Morten Lauridsen's atmospheric O Magnum Mysterium.
Vivaldi wrote 37 chamber cantatas
, all for the same basic forces (soprano or countertenor plus harpsichord/cello continuo), and all setting Arcadian verse describing love that is absent, betrayed or reluctant.
Costumes and props were borrowed from previous cantatas
(staged once or twice a year by Knox, Elora).
Italian nobles and gentlemen who loved modern music and lyric poetry enjoyed countless performances of chamber cantatas
during the baroque era, but the cantatas
have only disproportionately survived in manuscript copies that today are scattered from Stockholm to Palermo and from San Francisco to Cracow.
If we were to describe the mood of the three cantatas
through the textual incipits, then the "become adept in love" ("Sich uben im lieben") is replaced by "I have enough" ("Ich habe genug"), and "I look forward to my death" ("Ich freue mich aut meinen Tod") is moderated in the introduction to BWV 51 by the exclamation "Exalt in God in all lands" ("Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen").
It must have been the Lutheran work ethic that caused Bach to compose five-years' worth of church cantatas
fitting the liturgical calendar, amounting to some 300 works.