With the first snow on the ground and the first week of advent in the air, it truly is high concert season in Montréal’s baroque community. Handel and Bach have many a musician double-checking both their calendar and their stack of music when setting for the day of rehearsals and concerts. My participation in this flurry will be complete on Sunday, with four advent cantatas by J.S. Bach, performed by Les Boréades de Montréal and the Choeur St-Laurent.
WEIMAR AU TEMPS DE L’AVENT
DIMANCHE 27 NOVEMBRE 2016, 14H
SALLE BOURGIE DU MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE MONTRÉAL
[From the website of Les Boréades de Montréal: ]
Bach, a staunch believer, applied all the genius for which he is celebrated to setting the inner theological meaning of texts to music in his cantatas. Like a sermon, the message of Cantatas BWV 61, 99, 125, and 186 is a reminder to all believers that if they are to be sure of earning the riches of heaven and advancing mit fried und freud (in peace and joy) to eternal life, they must put their faith in God. No matter what we believe today, Bach’s music remains for ever an incomparable treasure.