Bach: Cantatas 78, 147 & 150 - Harvey

Bach: Cantatas 78, 147 & 150 - Harvey

Channel Classics  CCS SA 35214

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Bach: Cantatas 78, 147 & 150

Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano
Daniel Taylor, counter tenor
James Gilchrist, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Magdalena Consort

The Magdalena Consort was founded in 2008 by Peter Harvey and is acclaimed for its virtuoso chamber performances of sacred vocal music from Monteverdi to Bach. Since its inaugural concert in the prestigious Festival of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Magdalena Consort has performed both vocal and instrumental works in major international festivals across Europe. These include a concert of Bach cantatas for the MDR (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk) Musiksommer festival in the ‘Bach Church’, Arnstadt (where BWV 150 might well have been composed, if not performed), chamber-music with Bach solo cantatas for bass voice in the Istanbul International Music Festival, and ‘The Ages of Man’ (a programme on the theme of births, marriages and deaths – as alluded to in the music of Bach and his predecessors) in the Sopron ‘Early Music Days’ in Hungary. The Magdalena Consort’s concert in the 2011 Cheltenham Music Festival, a programme of Bach cantatas illustrating Bach’s fascination with numbers – entitled ‘To the Power of Three’ – was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and sowed the seed of the present recording. Further appearances in the UK have included extremely well-received performances of the Monteverdi Vespers – with ‘madrigalian’, rather than choral forces – at both the Cheltenham and Tetbury Festivals, and concerts of Bach and earlier German sacred music in St Bartholomew-the-Great, London and in the Stour Music festival in Kent.

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