Bach um vier
Bach at four III
Andreas Spering (conductor and moderation)
An overjoyed ›late‹ father contributed the lyrics to the Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata ›You people, glorify God’s love‹ from the year 1723: Zacharias rejoices over the birth of his son Johannes, who should later come to fame as ›The Baptist‹. As is well known, Bach could empathize with the joys of fatherhood himself, and nonetheless, or for this very reason, he did not present Zacharias’ praise of God as a grand euphoria, but in the style of chamber music as a testimony of deepest gratitude. Also that ›God’s time is the very best time‹, written by Bach in his early 20s, is indeed a cantata of grief is hardly revealed by the lyrics, until the short, steady ›Sonatina‹ with two recorders, two viole da gamba and continuo unfolds a still life of mourning that nonetheless promises consolation and hope. Andreas Spering leads in his presentation of the concert to a treasure hunt of Bach’s subtext, sound interpretations and nuances.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
›Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe‹ BWV 167,
Kantate zum Fest Johannis des Täufers
›Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit‹ BWV 106,