Review: Bach Cantata BWV 150
Evening Prayer on Sunday 5th March took a slightly different format, with members of the Chapel Choir singing one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For you, Lord, I long) is an extended work in seven movements for soloists and choir, featuring a variety of music, from gentle and prayerful, to frantic and fearful, to hopeful and celebratory. The unifying themes of the text are that of penitence and a longing for Christ, entirely appropriate for Chapel on the First Sunday of Lent.
This is a challenging work, perhaps not immediately accessible for young singers. The Chapel Choir rose to the occasion and gave an absolutely magnificent performance, full of shape and subtlety, with a sense of deep understanding of the music and text. Bravo to them on this impressive achievement.