Iestyn Davies joins legendary British period-performance ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music for the second of two International Festival concerts celebrating the solo countertenor cantatas by Bach. Almost miniature sacred dramas, Bachs absorbing cantatas are both deeply spiritual and full of drama and sparkling wit.
Davies and the Academy under flamboyant Music Director Richard Egarr contrast the exquisitely poetic Vergngte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, a touching meditation on Christs death, with the infectious joyfulness of Geist und Seele wird verwirret and its celebrations of the might of God.
Ensemble and conductor open the concert with Telemanns humorous travels through Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and beyond in his captivating Les Nations Ouverture.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3