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      August 2, 2020

      Sunday   3:00 PM

      Holywell Street
      Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BN

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      Song of Mary | Oxford Bach Soloists

      A mighty handful of cantatas takes us on journey from the Parable of the lost coin, to Mary’s Magnificat, to Peter’s great catch of fish and the feeding of the four thousand, and finally a warning of false prophets from the Sermon on the Mount. This rich panoply of music displays a unique fanatasia based on the ‘Passion Chorale’, a clamorous uproar of the whole world in the Song of Mary, and two movements which Bach thought sufficiently well of to include in the Schübler Chorale Preludes.The pathos-laden opening of Cantata 107 resembles the mournfully coloured orchestral score of the Trauerode, before revelling in lurid descriptions of Satan in the tenor aria with mocking vigorous leaps. A warning against ‘false prophets’ dressed in ‘sheep’s clothing’ cautions us in Cantata 178 with a magnificent bass aria depicting a tempestuous storm and wild sea waves that dash a ship to pieces.

      Cost: £15, £12 (Oxford Uni alumni), £5 (student), free for under 18s

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