Past Event25 Aug 2016

Bach Collage

No longer available

Auckland Town Hall

Classical music


  • J.S.Bach - Cantata No. 51 ‘Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!’
  • Arvo Pärt - Berliner Messe
  • Arvo Pärt - Collage sur B-A-C-H
  • J.S.Bach - Magnificat in D major

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a magnificent catalogue of concertos, choral, organ and keyboard works and inspired many other composers.
Stephen Layton, Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, returns with a typically ingenious programme, putting music of our own time in the context of music of the past. J.S. Bach is at his most exuberant in ‘Jauchzet Gott’ and the Magnificat.
These works frame two pieces by a contemporary master who has been deeply inspired by Bach. Persecuted for his religious beliefs in 1960s Estonia, Arvo Pärt wrote his Collage sur B-A-C-H in tribute, using Bach’s actual music in places. Pärt’s own music, as we’ll hear in the Berliner Messe, is timeless and austere, yet utterly mesmerising.


Conductor: Stephen Layton
Soprano: Sarah Macliver
Alto: Helen Charlston
Tenor: Andrew Goodwin
Bass: Christopher Richardson
Chorus: University of Auckland Chamber Choir
Director: Karen Grylls

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