10, a 55-voice cantata
choir and 11-piece chamber orchestra will present Scott Stevensons "Signs of Christmas" at 9 and 10:30 a.
The four chamber cantatas
on texts by Miloslav Bures originated in a period of intense creative activity in the years 1955-59.
are fairly conventional in form, with two da capo arias connected by recitative, and often an opening recitative as well.
While Charles I was less active as a musician than his father, his brief reign was distinguished by cantatas
produced by Carlo Agostino Badia, Giovanni and Antonio Maria Bononcini, Attilio Ariosti, and other composers active in Vienna.
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.
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.
The largest of three oratorios that Bach wrote during the church year of 1734-35, the Christmas oratorio includes six individual cantatas
intended to be performed between Christmas Day and Epiphany.
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.
Peter Sellars' staging of two Bach cantatas
as part of Lincoln Centers "New Visions" series may not please musical purists, but Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's mesmerizing performance in them couldn't I be faulted.
Costumes and props were borrowed from previous cantatas
(staged once or twice a year by Knox, Elora).