Reformation 1517-2017 | Harmonia Mundi HMM902265

Reformation 1517-2017

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902265

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th August 2017

Contents

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass)
Frances Norbury (oboe)
Rachel Chaplin (oboe da caccia)
Margaret Faultless (violin)
Choir of Clare College Cambridge
Clare Baroque

Conductor

Graham Ross

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV79 'Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild'
Cantata BWV80 'Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott' (arr. WF Bach)

Brahms, Johannes

Motets (2), op.74
» no.1 Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Muhseligen

Croft, William

O God, our Help in Ages past

Cruger, Johannes

Nun danket alle Gott

Luther, Martin

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin

Mendelssohn, Felix

Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten

Neumark, Georg

Wer nur der lieben Gott lasst walten

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)
Neal Davies (bass)
Frances Norbury (oboe)
Rachel Chaplin (oboe da caccia)
Margaret Faultless (violin)
Choir of Clare College Cambridge
Clare Baroque

Conductor

Graham Ross

About

In 1517, indignant at mercenary practices of the Catholic Church and convinced that a public debate was needed to restore faith in the founding texts of the Bible, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg Castle. This marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, of which he was a seminal figure, which was to spread all over Europe.

Five hundred years later, in 2017, Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge marked the anniversary with a series of cantatas by J.S. Bach performed liturgically in Clare College Chapel on the eight Sundays of Lent Term. This recording is the culmination of that project, presenting chronologically the two great Reformation cantatas of J.S. Bach and three chorale-based works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Vaughan Williams, each preceded here by the chorale melody or hymn on ̀which they are based, giving an insight into the emotional and dramatic strength of the Reformation's theological and cultural legacy.

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