Bach: 1 to a part

Since 2012, Matthew poster 2Amici Voices have established a reputation for their authentic performances of Bach’s sacred works in consort formation. Every year they have performed the Matthew or John Passion and the Christmas Oratorio with just eight voices, each member taking responsibility for both the chorus and solo singing. Led by harpsichordist, Terence Charlston, the singers have explored this repertoire alongside Amici Baroque Players – an ensemble formed from many of the UK’s leading historical performers.

The relatively small number of performers (just under 30 with one player and singer per part) enables the wonderful detail of the music, especially the counterpoint, and the unusual instrumentation, to be better heard and appreciated.

This year, Amici Voices will record their first CD of Bach’s works. The CD will begin with the sublime Actus Tragicus (BWV 106), one of Bach’s earliest and most popular cantatas, which traces the progress of the Christian soul. It is paired with the Himmelskönig, sei Willkommen (BWV 182), a triumphal depiction of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and subsequent passion. The moods of both cantatas are drawn together by the well-known motet Komm, jesu komm, a sincere and uplifting work which beautifully demonstrates the personal exploration of Christian faith which so readily permeates Bach’s vocal works.

You can find out more about the CD or how to support it here.