The Stirring Sounds of

Bach and Mendelssohn

Presented as the closing concert of the Montreal Bach Festival.

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Colin Balzer, tenor
Christian Immler, baritone
OSM Chamber Choir
Andrew Megill, OSM chorus master

Presentation of the concert

Bach, Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (Italian)
Mendelssohn, Psalm 115, Op. 31 “NichtunsermNamen, Herr”
Bach, Magnificat in D major, BWV 243

There is a pleasing symmetry to the four works on this program. Two by Bach frame two by Mendelssohn. Both composers remained in their native Germany for their entire careers, of which a significant part was spent in Leipzig; religious beliefs played a large role in determining their musical output; and hence both wrote a good deal of sacred choral music. On the first half of the program we hear one secular composition from each, and on the second half one from each derived from sacred texts.

Concert dates
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 2:30 PM

Preconcert organ recital (December 3 and 4 at 7 p.m.; December 7 at 1:30 p.m.)

John Grew, organ
Program: Works by Bach and Daquin

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