Concert archive

Bach Cantatas with Michael Chance Oct. 2008

Norwich Baroque, directed by Paul Clarke, was delighted to welcome Michael Chance, one of the finest countertenors of his generation, and David Mckee, bass, to sing three of Bach`s most beautiful cantatas.
Friday 31st October 2008
United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich

Director - Paul Clarke
Soloists : Michael Chance - Countertenor
David McKee - Bass

Concerto Polonois - Telemann
BWV 54 - Widerstehe doch der Sunde - Bach
BWV 82 - Ich habe genug - Bach
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.7 - Handel
BWV 170 - Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust - Bach


Under its director Paul Clarke, Norwich Baroque opened this well attended concert with a concerto by Telemann.

Its gentle start set off the more vigorous section that followed, and the final movement echoed the musical styles he had heard while working in Poland.

The celebrated counter-tenor Michael Chance was the soloist in two of Bach`s cantatas. The first perhaps lay a little low for him, but the second, "Contended rest", suited him very well.

He approached the text with commitment, bringing out its powerful religious emotions and finding the right tone and emphasis for German words meaning, for instance, "viper`s venom".

At the light chamber organ David Morgan contrived to add character and movement, while Cathy Wilcock`s oboe d`amore made a delightful deep sound without ever encroaching on the singer.

Offering a contrast in tone, the baritone soloist David Mckee also performed a Bach cantata. In "I have enough", he too had first to trace a path through some doleful sentiments.

But the famous lullaby was gentle and consoling, and the mood lightened for the sprightly conclusion.

As well as accompanying with tact and sensitivity, the string players also contributed a typically joyous Concerto Grosso by Handel.