Bach the Borrower
MIKE WHEELER listens
to the Derwent Singers
'Baroque in the Summertime' was the strap-line on the publicity for the Derwent Singers' latest concert (St Mary's Church, Derby, UK, 27 June 2015), but 'Bach the Borrower' was the underlying premise. Original versions of music more familiar from its later incarnations in the B Minor Mass rubbed shoulders with selected movements from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which Bach later adapted for his own purposes, and Bach's Missa in A, BWV 234, which draws on movements from four different cantatas, with the motet Singet dem Herrn acting as ballast.
The opening movement of Cantata 46, the first section of which was re-used as the Qui Tollis from the Gloria of the B minor Mass, made for a rather sombre opening...
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