Bach inspires in kitzingen

Bach inspires in kitzingen

"Juchzet, frohlocket" and that with kettledrums and trumpets. Splendid and powerful with a jubilant choir and a radiant orchestra, that is how johann sebastian bach’s soft night oratorio begins, and that is exactly how it ended in the well-attended protestant town church in kitzingen after an hour and a half on sunday evening.

Rough and deserved applause at the end of an inspiring concert of the paul eber-kantorei and the ansbacher kammerorchester conducted by martin blaufelder with the soloists anja gutgesell, edeltraud rupek, roberto ortiz and daniel fiolka.

On the program on sunday evening were the first three of six cantatas of bach’s christmas work. The "probably most popular and most listened to classical christmas music" as dean hanspeter kern remarked in his short funeral speech.

"Rejoice, be glad, arise, praise the days" is written at the very beginning of the first chorus of the christmas oratorio and that is exactly what the chorus and orchestra did right at the beginning: bright, clear trumpets, powerful timpani and a rejoicing chorus created a festive atmosphere in the coarse church nave. This is a far cry from a silent night in the ruhr or a holy night, this is pure joy over a great event that will shape humanity.

And this joy is also radiated by the choir and orchestra. Deanery cantor martin blaufelder leads choir and orchestra unspectacularly through the rough work and lets the music work completely. Of course, the masks are not always as spectacular and impressive as in the first and last chorale. In between there are also gentle, quiet passages, which are not without effect. The aria "herr, dein mitleid" with the soloists anja gutgesell (soprano) and daniel fiolka (baritone) was quite stirring, which should not diminish the performance of tenor roberto ortiz and mezzo-soprano edeltraud rupek.

After the final chorale, in which the choir is allowed to shine once again in all its power and glory, and the rough applause, a little surprise: blaufelder sent the audience home with a little earworm: the choir and orchestra repeated as an encore "ach mein herzliebes jesulein", the melody of which is certainly better known under the title of the christmas carol "vom himmel hoch" (from heaven high).

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