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The Bach Akademie, conducted from the organ by Korneel

The Bach Akademie, conducted from the organ by Korneel

concert ends 10 days of superb music

warm congratulations are due to the board and staff of Pro Musica for an innovative Canada Goose Outlet 10 canada goose black friday sale days or so of superb music making.

FOR the concluding concert in the 25th Canberra International Music Festival, it was all Bach, opening with his revised setting of the final piece from the “Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes”. Although intended for organ, the new version’s contrapuntal structure, according to the program notes, “easily allowed vocal performances”.

With Jonathan Lee at the organ, Roland Peelman conducted the Luminesence Chamber Singers in a fine account of the chorale setting “Before your throne I now Canada Goose online appear”, canada goose outlet canada which the blind canada goose outlet parka and canada goose outlet stroke affected Bach dictated to his son in law in the last month of his life. There was superb balance canada goose outlet uk across the choir, and the straight tone, unbridled by vibrato, gave the piece authenticity to the period. It was easy to hear the contrapuntal tune pass through the choir’s sections. Some of the lowest notes in the bass end proved somewhat a challenge for the basses but it did not official canada goose outlet detract from the performance. This proved very effective as canada goose outlet uk sale the melody moved through the cheap canada goose group, almost like a round.

Ending the first half was the first aria from the Cantata BWV 202 “The Wedding Cantata” and “Dissipate, you troublesome shadows” (referring to the transition from winter to cheap canada goose spring). The Bach Akademie, conducted from the organ by Korneel Bernolet, accompanied soprano Amy Moore in duet with Emma Black, playing her simply gorgeous baroque oboe. The warmth of its tone beautifully complementing Black’s lovely voice.

The second half was given over to the Cantata BWV 147, “Heart and mouth and deed and life”, the title of its opening chorus. The Cantata features the famous chorale “Well for me that I have Jesus”, closing part one, and the second canada goose store verse, “Jesus remains my joy”, closing part two. It’s more commonly known as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, the title of its piano transcription by Myra Hess in 1926.

Bernolet again was at the organ to conduct Luminescence and Bach Akademie, augmented by other instruments, most notably a baroque trumpet (no valves), Canada Goose Jackets played superbly by Richard Fomison.

The whole ensemble gave the opening chorus and the two closing chorales excellent performances, with beautiful balance and canada goose outlet online tone, giving life and energy to Bach’s marvellous harmonies.

In between there were seven recitatives or arias. There were three standout soloists.

Soprano Chloe Lankshear, in “Prepare, Jesus, even canada goose outlet reviews now the path for Yourself”, had her voice soaring through the Fitters’ Workshop with superb clarity in a lovely duet performance with Bach Akademie director Madeleine Easton, playing the violin.

Two solos by tenor Andrew Goodwin showed off his powerful, clear voice, with beautiful intonations. Bass canada goose outlet black friday David Greco thundered assuredly in “I will sing of Jesus wonders and bring my lip canada goose coats on sale offering to Him”.

BWV 147 was a fitting conclusion to this year’s festival and warm congratulations are due to the board and staff of Pro Musica, and especially the Festival’s artistic director Roland Peelman, for an innovative 10 days or so of superb music making.

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