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BBC NOW | Let All The World In Every Corner Sing

Dates(s)

22 Mar 2024

Times

19:30 - 21:00

Venue

Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

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Event Info

José Mauricio Nunés Garcia – Zemira

Bach – Cantata No.82, Ich habe genung

Haydn – Symphony No.26 in, D minor (Lamentatione; Weihnachtssymphonie)

Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Harry Bicket conductor

Julien Van Mellaerts baritone

BBC National Chorus of Wales

The spirit of Easter, although subtle, permeates this concert, with Harry Bicket returning to the helm of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. Brazilian composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia kicks off the evening with his Zemira Overture, and sublime baritone Julien Van Mellaerts performs Bach’s Ich habe genug. With text recounting the purification of Mary, and pronouncing the desires of escaping earthly misery to be reunited with Jesus this work is a perfect fit for any Easter concert.

It is perhaps little know that Haydn’s Symphony No. 26 was in fact written for Easter, although when we look deeper into the music there are plentiful less-than-subtle hints. Written in typical Sturm and drang – storm and stress – the minor key and thundery atmosphere underpin Passiontide plainsong quotations, more pertinent for a church than the concert hall. Also written for Easter is Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, which sets four texts from ‘The Temple: Sacred Poems’ by Welsh poet and priest George Herbert. Intrinsically spiritual and direct in delivery, the five movements contrast from quiet and meditative to triumphant shouts of praise.