Sunday, December 21, 2014

Early Music Vancouver - J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Early Music Vancouver Baroque Orchestra performed J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas 1,3, 6 at the Chan Centre at UBC this afternoon.  Stephen Stubs, music director, Teresa Wakim Soprano, Krisztina Szabo, mezzo soprano, Zachary Finkelstein, tenor, and Summer Thompson, Baritone. The Early Music Vancouver Baroque Orchestra was in truly fine form. This Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project was completing 5 sold out performances.  It was simply the most uplifting music. I loved the voices, the music and the Christmas story Bach told in word and music. I loved the 17th century instruments, especially the bassoon,  and that sense one could back in time. Bach loved God and poured out his heart and soul in his music and song.  No music so moves me like Bach does, a perennial favourite.   While Brandenberg’s Concerts have always been my favourite but after tonight’s experience of a life time I’ll be forever in love with his Christmas Oratorio. Thank you Early Music Vancouver! My friend Laura  was equally delighted as was the whole audience judging by the resounding applause. Early Music Vancouver’ Baroque Orchestra’s next performance is Handel on Valentine’s Day.  
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