Our next concert presents three contrasting works all written within a couple of decades of the year 1700.
Spring Concert 2022
Sunday 6 March 2022 at 15:30
King’s Hall, Newcastle University
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Dixit Dominus
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Magnificat, RV610
Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726): Super Flumina Babilonis
Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir
Imogen Creedy, Anna Dias (sopranos)
Lorna Price (mezzo-soprano)
Ben Munden (tenor)
Patrick Owston (baritone)
Eric Cross (conductor)
£8 students & unwaged
Under 18s free
The Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir perform a programme of Baroque classics in their first concert at their spiritual home of the King’s Hall for two years.
Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat has come down to us in four different versions. Originally written around 1715 for the girls of the Ospedale della Pietà, the Venetian institution where Vivaldi worked for much of his life, it contains some splendid choral writing with typically Vivaldian moments of drama. Handel’s wonderful Dixit Dominus, written during his formative travels in Italy from 1707-10 shortly before his first visit to London, is an exhilarating tour de force with some of the most challenging choral writing in the repertory.
Lalande’s motet Super flumina Babilonis takes us into a very different musical world, that of late 17th-century France, with its distinctive ornamentation and emphasis on the dance. This is, as far as we know, only the second time this rarely heard work has ever been performed in the North East, and its moving setting of the Israelites’ lament for their exile by the waters of Babylon shows why, in his day, Lalande was regarded as one of France’s finest composers.