The Recreation of the Soul:
Bach cantatas in a new light
After the enthusiastic reception of our live performances, we plan to make a CD of works which form the cornerstone of our repertoire, cantatas written by J.S. Bach.
The title for our disc is taken from Bach's own words in his Thorough Instruction in the Figured Bass where he wrote that 'true music' was for 'the honour of God and the recreation of the soul'. The pieces we have chosen to record, three of his best-known cantatas, display the full emotional range of Bach's music and his delight in the underlying significance of numbers.
- Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats (BWV 42)
- Jesu, der du meine Seele (BWV 78)
- Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (BWV 147)
Performers will be: Elin Manahan Thomas - soprano, Daniel Taylor - alto, James Gilchrist - tenor, and Peter Harvey - director & bass, with a group of instrumentalists led by Lucy Russell.
You can hear live concert recordings of Cantata 147 on the audio player on this website, top left.
Please help us to reach a wider audience through a CD recording!
We need to raise £25,000 to fund this recording. With management conducted on a voluntary basis by our trustees, all funds raised will directly support the costs of the project.
We are very grateful to everyone whose donation has enabled us to plan for this recording. We have already raised more than two thirds of the £25,000 we need. Please help us by making a donation, either online or by filling out a donation form. As a mark of our gratitude, those who give more than £200 will be acknowledged in the CD booklet.
A small group of individuals has made substantial investments in the recording. We are keen to involve our funders closely in the progress of our plans and to discuss ways of recognizing your support, which might include offering exclusive access to rehearsals and invitations to private concerts, giving you complimentary CDs and acknowledging your gift on the CD and on our website.
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