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In this concert Portsmouth Baroque Choir presents a sequence of music for the season of Lent.
J.S. Bach took up his post as Cantor at the Thomaskirke in Leipzig 300 years ago, in 1723, so it is appropriate that we begin this concert with one of his motets.
Also included are motets by his father’s cousin, Johann Christoph Bach and his predecessor at Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau.
Many singers will be familiar with Lotti’s sumptuous 8-part Crucifixus, a perfect essay in the art of the suspension. Less well-known is that it is part of a longer work, his Credo in F.
Also in the programme are works by Praetorius, last sung by the choir in its early days, and Charpentier, sung by the choir back in 2004. Caldara’s Stabat Mater completes the programme:
JS Bach – O Jesu Christ, Meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118
JC Bach – Furchte dich nicht
Praetorius – Aus tiefer not
Kuhnau – Tristis est anima mea
Lotti – Credo in F
Charpentier – Le reniement de St. Pierre, H. 424
Caldara – Stabat Mater