Magazine article Opera Canada

Missa Da Requiem & Miserere

Magazine article Opera Canada

Missa Da Requiem & Miserere

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J. G. Bach

Ruiten, Sandhoff, Balzer, Bauer, Rademann

Harmonia Mundi: 902098 Johann Christian Bach. youngest son of the great Johann Sebastian and known as "The London Bach," was a friend and mentor to the young Mozart, influencing Mozart's concerto style. J. C. was 15 when his father died. How much of his musical skill he learned from his father is unknown, but after the death he fell under the care of his older half-brother, C. P. E. Bach, in Berlin. Then, at 19. due to a strong interest in opera and a female love interest, he moved to Italy. What may have been planned as 3 short stint turned into an important phase of his career. He spent seven years in Italy, converting from Lutheranism to Catholicism, acquiring the position of organist of Milan Cathedral and composing a series of large, sacred choral/vocal works. The KIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin conducted by HansChristoph Rademann here perform the Requiem and Miserere, both from 1757. Canadian-born. Munichbased lyric tenor Colin Balzer is anions the soloists.

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These are rarely performed and recorded works, but I was delighted to make their acquaintance here. …

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