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Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 19:30
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Works by Bach, Kuhnau and Telemann

Closing concert of the Montreal Bach Festival 2015



It seems fitting that two of the sacred masterworks in joyful preparation of Christmastide by Bach and Kuhnau should be performed for the first time by Arion Baroque Orchestra in such a grand setting as Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica. Auguring also well are the glad tidings brought by a pair of oboes in a cheery orchestral suite by Telemann. Singers and orchestra promise to resound jubilantly under the basilica’s starry canopy, directed by the ever fervent Alexander Weimann.

Concert program

Georg Philipp Telemann  (1681 – 1767)

Overture for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo TWV55 :G5

Ouverture, Les Augures, Rondeau, Entrée, La Joye, Sarabande, Gigue, Gavotte en Rondeau, Plainte, Menuets 1 , 2 & 3

Johann Kuhnau (1660 – 1722)  
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern , pour 5 voix, cordes, 2 cors et basse continue

Chorale : Wi schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Récitatif : Allein, heut wird der Grosse klein
Chœur : Uns ist ein Kind geboren
Aria : O Wundersohn, dein überirdisch Wesen
Récitatif : Doch leuchtet in der Niedrigkeit
Aria : Kommt, ihr Völker, kommt mit Haufen
Accompagnato : Ich huld’ge dir, grossmächt’ger Prinz
Duo – Chorale : Zwingt die Saiten in Cythara


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Magnificat in D major BWV 243      Listen here*


Et exsultavit

Choral Vom Himmel hoch
Quia respexit Omnes generationes

Quia fecit mihi magna

Choral Freut euch und jubiliert
Et misericordia 

Fecit Potentiam

Choral  -Gloria in excelsis
Deposuit potentes

Choral  Virga Jesse
Suscepit Israel
Sicut locutus
Gloria Patri

*For this concert, the choir will be composed of the five soloists mentioned below.

Guest Artist(s)

Alexander Weimann

Alexander Weimann

  Alexander Weimann has established a reputation as one of the leading harpsichordist and ensemble leaders of his generation. He has performed in concert and at prominent festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and is a frequ...

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Zachary Wilder

Zachary Wilder

Currently living in Paris, American tenor Zachary Wilder is a much sought after performer on both the operatic and concert stage.  Recent highlights include un Sylphe in Rameau’s Zaïs at the Festival de Beaune, France and at the Concert...

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Matthew Brook

Matthew Brook

Matthew Brook has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Far East, and has worked extensively with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, Harry Christophers, Chr...

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Johannette Zomer

Johannette Zomer

After having worked as a microbiology analyst for several years, the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam with bass Charles van Tassel, where she was awarded her Performance Diploma. She later received coac...

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James Laing

James Laing

James Laing studied at Uppingham School and was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He furthered his studies at the Royal College of Music with Robin Blaze. He was selected by OPERA NOW as amongst ‘Who’s Hot’ for his performance as ...

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Johanna Winkel

Johanna Winkel

German soprano Johanna Winkel has won several operatic competitions, most notably the Cantilena Singing Competition in Bayreuth as well as being a semi-finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. Additionally she was invited t...

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