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    Unparalleled ‘B’-motets

    When Bach wrote his six motets he was cantor at St. Thomas’ in Leipzig, the same period during which he wrote his great cantatas and passions. This programme includes three of the six motets, each of which was written for a special occasion. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied may have been written for the New Year’s Day celebrations in 1727, or for the birthday of Elector of Saxony Friedrich August (12 May 1727). Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf was sung in 1729 at the burial of Johann Heinrich Ernesti, rector of St. Thomas School, which was affiliated with the church. Komm, Jesu, komm is also a burial motet, and exudes tender consolation. Brahms did not write his Fest- und Gedenksprüche for any specific occasion: they were fit to accompany any national holiday. Both in this work and in the three Opus 110 motets, Brahms showcases his finest skills as a composer of romantic, polyphonic choral music. His motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben was clearly modelled on the motets of Bach, and Brahms even dedicated it to the great 19th-century Bach specialist Philipp Spitta.
     
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (motet), op. BWV 226
    Komm, Jesu, komm (motet), op. BWV 229
    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (motet), op. BWV 225

    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
    Fest- und Gedenksprüche, op. 109
    Ich aber bin elend, op. 110/1
    Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich, op. 110/2
    Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, op. 110/3
    Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?, op. 74 nr. 1

    Cappella Amsterdam
    Gerard Bouwhuis piano  (18.09, 26 and 31.10)
    Leo van Doeselaar organ (19.09)
    Ab Weegenaar organ  (2.11)
    Marcel Ponseele oboe (4.11)

    Daniel Reuss conductor

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    Performances

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    Date
    Time
    19 September 2012
    20:00
    Pieterskerk Church, Utrecht
    21 September 2012
    20:15
    26 October 2012
    20:15
    31 October 2012
    20:15
    4 November 2012
    15:00