German Sacred Music from Renaissance to Baroque:
Praetorius, Schutz, Bach
Sunday 12th November 2023, 7.30pm
CAMBRIDGE RENAISSANCE VOICES
Director, Rupert Preston Bell
Kate Semmens (soprano)
Lynda Sayce (theorbo)
Paul Nicholson (organ)
Cambridge Renaissance voices return to Suffolk, together with Kate Semmens (soprano), Lynda Sayce (theorbo) and Paul Nicholson (organ) for a programme of German sacred music from Renaissance to Baroque.
The towering figure of J S Bach has dominated the history of church music in Germany, but the roots of the Lutheran tradition on which he drew take us back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We follow this line of influence, through the music of Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz and Johann Christoph Bach, culminating in the greatest of J S Bach’s choral motets, Jesu Meine Freude.
Woven through the programme are solos by soprano Kate Semmens from Anna Magdalena Bach’s notebook, a collection of favourite pieces compiled by J S Bach’s second wife, including Stölzel’s much-loved Bist du bei Mir.
‘...beautifully controlled... The singers showed understanding and passion in their performance’ Early Music Review