Bath Bach Choir
Conductor: Nigel Perrin
For this special concert, exactly 70 years on from its first public performance, Bath Bach Choir will perform two of the greatest works of the choral repertoire. Bach’s Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise – was composed for Vespers on Christmas Day 1723, in St Thomas’s Leipzig. A masterpiece even by Bach’s standards, the music is exuberant and gentle by turns, illuminating the text with absolute genius. Its three trumpets lend a regal pomp and celebratory brilliance, and are juxtaposed with some eloquent solo arias reflecting Mary’s sense of humility.
Mozart had promised that if he married Constanze Weber he would write a mass for her and her sister to sing. His Great Mass in C minor was composed for a special occasion in Salzburg in 1783, although never finished. Full of Bach-influenced grandeur and colourful Italianate excesses, it calls for a double choir and two virtuosic solo sopranos, whose operatic coloratura arias are a highlight of the piece.