Concert archive

12-09-2015 - CELEBRATING J.S.BACH - Norwich Cathedral

We were thrilled to have not one, but three exciting soloists for this Bach celebration! Violinist Rachel Podger is perhaps the best known violinist of the moment and with her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, has received rave reviews. It is always a delight to welcome back our patron, countertenor Michael Chance, this time to perform with Rachel, something they had wanted to fix for a long time and luckily we were the hosts! Additionally we had the pleasure of oboist Joel Raymond with us and he joined Rachel in Bach's gorgeous double concerto for violin and oboe. An evening we will all remember for a long time.....
Director - Jim O'Toole
Soloists: Rachel Podger - violin, Michael Chance - countertenor, Joel Raymond - oboe/oboe d'amore

The Programme:

Concerto for violin in A minor - BWV 1041

Cantata BWV 170 “Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust”

Partita for flute in A minor, BWV 1013
transcribed by Rachel Podger for solo violin (G minor)

Brandenburg Concerto no.3 - BWV 1048

“Schliesse mein Herze” from Weinacht Oratorium,

“Christi Glieder, ach, bedenket” from Cantata BWV 132 Bereitet die wege

Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor - BWV 1060

“Erbarme dich” from Mathaus Passion

REVIEW; Eastern Daily Press:
This excellent concert gave Bach a new vigour

This was an excellent concert.
Jim O'Toole's Norwich Baroque played Bach's well-known 3rd Brandenburg concerto with confident vigour and whole-hearted sonority. The mood was quite different in "contented rest", a cantata sung in German by the renowned countertenor Michael Chance,

In 2 arias and 2 recitatives he gravely meditated on the miseries of sinful man, with David Morgan's organ accompaniment adding a dimension. At the end, with a striking change of tone and manner, the soloist triumphantly proclaimed the joys of redemption.

We had further opportunities to appreciate his voice and technique in "have Mercy" from the St Matthew Passion and two other Bach arias. The violinist Rachel Podger, another celebrated musician, gave particular pleasure with her own transcription of Bach's flute partita. Playing from the pulpit she led us through this suite of dances lending each its own character, with the complexities contrasting with the light-footed English Bouree.

Earlier in the programme she had joined the orchestral strings in Bach's A minor violin concerto. After the interval came the delightful C minor concerto for violin and oboe in which she was partnered by the impressive Joel Raymond.