Andreas Scholl countertenor
Iris Eggler soprano
Nana Bugge Rasmussen mezzo-soprano
Christian Rathgeber tenor
Johannes Hill baritone
Les Grandes Voix
In Bach's cantatas, the alto voice symbolises the words of the Holy Spirit - embodied here by the heavenly tones of Andreas Scholl
Bach Cantata BWV62, Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland
Cantata BWV54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde
Cantata BWV133, Ich freue mich in Dir
Cantata BWV169, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben
Suite for orchestra No.1 BWV1066
Approximate running time
1st part: 40 mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 45 mn
Few works by Johann Sebastian Bach offer such a clear demonstration of his talents as a composer as his cantatas. They were often written in great haste in the space of a few days; each one depicts a distinct world built from arias and elaborate choruses, intelligently arranged orchestral movements and music which is in perfect harmony with the text.
Andreas Scholl’s Christmas concert with the Kammerorchesterbasel and the Deutscher Kammerchor combines the oldest Weimar cantatas for alto, "Widerstehe doch der Sünde", with three cantatas from Bach’s period in Leipzig when he was at the height of his powers, which reflect the panache of the composer’s last years. The festive "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" has surprising virtuoso organ and vocal parts; the Advent cantata "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" borrows Luther’s famous hymn and musical theme in the introductory chorus, and believers’ faith in the return of the Lord shine through in the Christmas cantata "Ich freu mich in Dir". Andreas Scholl, who is one of our greatest countertenors and a regular guest at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, will both sing and conduct the orchestra.