Conductor back at Eye
TONY COOPER Leslie Olive, Eye Bach Choir's newly-appointed conductor who made a successful debut to a packed house in an all-Mozart programme at Eye parish church in March, returns to this wonderful medieval building to conduct an evening of baroque choral and orchestral music this Saturday (7.
Leslie Olive, Eye Bach Choir's newly-appointed conductor who made a successful debut to a packed house in an all-Mozart programme at Eye parish church in March, returns to this wonderful medieval building to conduct an evening of baroque choral and orchestral music this Saturday (7.30pm), in which two choral works will be heard: Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum and JS Bach's Magnificat in D.
Charpentier was one of the finest of French baroque composers and a serious rival to the more famous Lully and his output comprises mainly sacred music and opera. His setting of the Te Deum is regarded as one of his best works and its noble orchestral prelude has lately become popular as an item of wedding music.
Bach's Magnificat in D is a revision of an earlier work in E flat originally written to be performed on Christmas Day 1723 though, in this version, without the Christmas text. It's a fine work where Bach divides the verses of the text into movements for a well-differentiated variety of solos and ensembles interspersed with choruses.
The soloists on this occasion are Suzanne Williams and Jay Britton (sopranos), Timothy Garrard (counter-tenor), John Upperton (tenor) and Christopher Wray (bass).
Orchestral works see a performance of Bach's first Brandenburg concerto written as a set of six between 1717 and 1721 and dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg. Sadly, Bach received no thanks or fee and, as such, these great works were never used.
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Vivaldi's D major concerto, op 10, no 3 (subtitled The Goldfinch) - a setting for flute of an earlier chamber concerto - completes what promises and fine and entertaining programme.
t Tickets £10, children £5, from Maynard's of Eye or 01379 384199