JS BACH: CANTATA BWV 82 (ICH HABE GENUG)

Sunday 18th January 2015 – 12pm – Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music


 

Performed as Part of the Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series

Božidar Smiljanić – Bass-Baritone

Iain Ledingham – director

Madeleine Easton  – leader

Performed on modern instruments

One of the most adored solo-voice cantatas, ‘Ich habe genug’ BWV 82 was composed for performance on 2nd February 1727. Indeed, Bach himself clearly expressed a fondness for the work: he performed it repeatedly, reviving it on several occasions over the next twenty years, and changed the scoring for each occasion. As with all the other cantatas written for the Feast of the Purification, Bach focuses on the story of Simeon. Typical Lutheran themes of longing for death (or ‘sleep’) and the departure from worldly goods are beautifully crafted into the writing: lullaby-like figurations, soothing pedal point, and dramatic pauses enhance the rhetorical and emotional gravitas of the text.

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