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Bach Weekend 2020: Bach the Dramatist

Martin Feinstein’s Bach Weekend returns to Kings Place with a bang this April and explores Bach’s flair for the dramatic.

The opening concert features his secular cantatas, skilfully written mini-operas in all but name. Bach completely dispels our preconceptions of him as a buttoned-up civil servant with his racy themes and double-entendres.

In complete contrast the Mass in B minor, with its brilliant scoring and epic message, effortlessly uses every rhetorical musical device in Bach’s considerable armoury to create a drama of transcendent power.

Also included in the weekend are two of Bach’s late mono-thematic masterpieces, The Goldberg Variations and the Musical Offering, the latter work performed as never before.

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Bach in the Country: The Secular Cantatas

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Bach’s Cantate Burlesque (known as the Peasant Cantata) and his Coffee Cantata – two short comic operas, written in collaboration with Bach’s favourite librettist Picander.

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Pre-Concert Lecture: Mass in B Minor

Words / Bach Weekend

A lively illustrated talk on Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor given by musicologist, performer and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show Dr Hannah French.

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Mass in B Minor

Classical / Bach Weekend

The Mass in B minor has an almost operatic intensity. The London Bach Singers join forces again with the Feinstein Ensemble to give their acclaimed reading of this wonderful work.

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The Goldberg Variations

Classical / Bach Weekend

Renowned harpsichordist Steven Devine performs Bach’s universally popular Goldberg Variations.

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The Musical Offering – Illuminated

Classical / London Chamber Music Society

A complete performance of Bach’s late masterpiece, as it has never been seen it before.

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