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|JS Bach||Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (Dearest Jesus, my Desire, BWV 32)|
|Prelude, Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (BWV Anh. II 52)|
|Byrd||Christe qui lux es et dies|
|Albinoni||Adagio from Oboe Concerto Op 9 No. 2|
This Cantata is the form of a dialogue between the soul and Jesus. Inspired by the finding of Jesus in the temple, it reminds us of what we have lost and what we can find. It is some of the most wonderful music Bach composed.
In this talk, Professor Samuel Cohen from the University of Oxford encourages us to reflect on our personal ambitions and ask ‘How can I be sure that tomorrow’s decisions will satisfy today’s objectives?’
This series of stimulating Sunday morning concerts reimagine a traditional Sunday service, which included a Bach cantata, communally sung chorales, and a stimulating sermon, or in this case: lecture. We explore the ambitions of humankind through talks from leading figures in the world of science and pair up with a Bach Cantata, for an hour of reflection, inspiration and enquiry.